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rotection of stream valley corridors has long been a focus of Prince George’s County’s and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) park acquisition program. General land use regulations as well as the development review process are also used by the county and M-NCPPC to promote greenway development and the county-wide walking, biking, equestrian trail system. Programs for the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and Patuxent River Primary Management Area contribute significantly to river corridor protection efforts.

ike many other urban jurisdictions, Prince George’s County and M-NCPPC have been examining non-motorized methods of transportation in recent years. Additional development of right-of-way, park trail and other transportation greenways will likely receive heavy emphasis in the future.


1) Anacostia Headwaters Greenway

he Anacostia Headwaters Greenway is an existing network of stream valley parks including: Beaverdam Creek, Indian Creek, Little Paint Branch, Northeast Branch, Northwest Branch, Paint Branch, and Sligo Creek stream valley parks. This greenway system extends through most of the northern third of the county and into Montgomery County. It serves resource protection, recreation and transportation purposes.

he Anacostia Tributary Trail system located within the Anacostia Headwaters Greenway, contains approximately thirteen miles of trails. An additional six miles of trails along Paint Branch and Sligo Creek are to be completed by spring 1997, plus two miles at Lake Artemesia which will provide a total of twenty-one miles of multi-use (hiker/biker/equestrian) trails. This trail network provides linkages between densely populated residential communities and four metro stations. Click here for a detailed trail map with directions and parking information.


1a) Beaverdam Creek

his corridor originates north of Bowie and connects with Indian Creek to the southwest. The greenway corridor is owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


1b) Indian Creek

ndian Creek is a component of the Anacostia Headwaters Greenway. Indian Creek originates south of Laurel and flows through the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and Berwyn Heights. Linkages occur with both Beaverdam Creek and Paint Branch. M-NCPPC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture own a majority of the Indian Creek stream corridor. A paved bicycling-walking trail is located in the southern section of the greenway. This path links with the Paint Branch and Northeast Branch trails and Lake Artemesia.


1c) Little Paint Branch

he greenway corridor along Little Paint Branch begins near Calverton and flows south to connect with Paint Branch. Portions of the stream valley are owned by M-NCPPC. The greenway protects riparian resources and provides recreational opportunities.


1d) Northeast Branch

ortheast Branch is a component of the Anacostia Headwaters Greenway. Northeast Branch originates at the confluence of Indian Creek and Paint Branch. The stream flows to the south, connecting with Northwest Branch to form the Anacostia River just below Bladensburg.

portion of the paved bicycling-walking trail exists in sections of Northeast Branch. Transportation enhancement funds have been used to connect this trail with Northwest Branch and Sligo Creek. The trail system provides non-motorized access to the West Hyattsville and Calvert Road metro stations.


1e) Northwest Branch

orthwest Branch is a component of the Anacostia Headwaters Greenway. Northwest Branch originates in Montgomery County and links with Sligo Creek near Chilum and Northeast Branch. The corridor is owned by M-NCPPC.

paved bicycling-walking trail exists in sections of the Northwest Branch corridor. Transportation enhancement funds have been used to complete the trail and provide a connection to Northeast Branch. The trail system provides non-motorized access to metro stations.


1f) Paint Branch

aint Branch is a component of the Anacostia Headwaters Greenway. Paint Branch originates in Montgomery County. The stream valley makes connections with Little Paint Branch, Indian Creek and Northeast Branch. M-NCPPC owns portions of the corridor providing paved trail connections to the University of Maryland, metro, and Lake Artemesia.


1g) Sligo Creek

ligo Creek is a component of the Anacostia Headwaters Greenway. Sligo Creek originates in Montgomery County and connects with Northwest Branch near Chillum. M-NCPPC owns and manages the corridor.

he Sligo Creek Park includes a bicycling-walking route along the northwest section of the greenway. WSSC is constructing a trail to connect with the Northwest Branch trail, providing an important, non-motorized link between the red and green metro lines. The estimated completion date of the trail is Spring 1997.


2) Charles Branch

here is a partially-established stream valley greenway across Charles Branch. This greenway provides connections to several major greenway projects, including the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail, Western Branch, the Patuxent Regional Greenway, and Piscataway Creek stream valley park. The corridor includes several parks owned by M-NCPPC as well as Rosaryville State Park.


3) Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail

he Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail is a potential regional hiking/biking/equestrian trail system that will utilize the original railroad route from Washington to Chesapeake Beach. This corridor will serve as the spine for a number of potential greenway branches that would provide access to public lands, the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. M-NCPPC has acquired portions of the corridor through the subdivision process. The trail would be owned, managed and maintained by M-NCPPC.

he Chesapeake Bay Rail Trail is being considered in Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties were segments of the 28-mile rail corridor also exist. Eleven miles of the corridor lie in Prince George’s County. The trail would connect M-NCPPC’s Walker Mill Regional Park in Prince George’s County to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County and to Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County.


4) D.C. Trolley Right-of-Way Rail Trail

he D.C. Trolley Right-of-Way Rail Trail is a proposed rail trail running between Hyattsville and Beltsville. This trail would provide links to the Paint Branch stream valley park system. There is a high degree of interest in this project in College Park and Riverdale. A bridge and decking for the trail are expected to be completed in 1997.


5) Glenn Dale Greenway

he Glenn Dale Greenway provides a link between the Lottsford Branch and Horsepen Branch in Glenn Dale, north of Maryland Rt. 50. M-NCPPC plans to acquire both stream corridors through fee simple acquisition or dedication. This greenway will provide connections to Western Branch and the proposed WB&A Trail. There is also a park of over 200 acres planned at the Glenn Dale Hospital site.


6) Henson Creek

enson Creek is a stream valley greenway running between the Suitland Parkway and the Potomac River. M-NCPPC owns the majority of the corridor. The greenway provides water quality and resource protection benefits and a connection to the Potomac Scenic Heritage Trail. A 6.5 mile hiker/biker/equestrian trail exists in this corridor, with an estimated three miles to complete. Click here for a detailed trail map with directions and parking information.


7) Mattawoman Creek

attawoman Creek is a planned stream valley greenway originating near Cedarville State Forest and connecting westward to the Potomac River. Mattawoman Creek forms part of the border between Prince George’s County and Charles County. The Prince George’s County portion of the corridor is largely privately owned however, the county has begun to acquire floodplain lands and buffers along the creek.


8) Northern Greenway

he Northern Greenway is a protected corridor that connects with Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County to provide an important open space network between Baltimore and Washington. The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) properties link to form an extensive resource protection greenway across the northern portion of Prince George’s County.


9) Patuxent Regional Greenway

he Patuxent Regional Greenway is a partially established regional greenway that includes seven jurisdictions extending from central Maryland through southern Maryland. The Patuxent River serves as the spine for the greenway which runs through Howard, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties. DNR currently owns about 15,000 acres along the Patuxent River and is working with local officials to extend protection along the mainstream.

n Prince George’s County the Patuxent River forms the northern and eastern county boundaries. Public properties under the management of DNR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, M-NCPPC and WSSC make a substantial contribution to the Patuxent Regional Greenway effort. These lands provide many opportunities for nature study and outdoor recreation.

rince George’s County has adopted land use and development regulations for the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and the Patuxent River Primary Management Area to channel development away from sensitive areas in the Patuxent corridor. Public acquisition of the Patuxent Regional Greenway will continue, and these policies will provide a mechanism for protecting water quality and riparian resources on non-public lands.


9a) Collington Branch

ollington Branch is a component of the Patuxent River Watershed that originates near Bowie, runs southerly and connects to the Western Branch Tributary in Upper Marlboro which continues into the Patuxent River. The Collington Branch is also planned for a proposed multi-use hiker/biker/equestrian trail that will connect the City of Bowie with the Town of Upper Marlboro.


10) Piscataway Creek Greenway

he Piscataway Creek Greenway is a stream valley greenway originating near Andrews Air Force Base and connecting with the Potomac River. M-NCPPC owns portions of the corridor. Piscataway Creek also links with the Tinkers Creek Greenway, Cosca Regional Park, and Rosaryville State Park. Piscataway Creek stream valley park is also planned for a multi-use (hiker/biker/equestrian) trail.


11) Potomac River Greenway

he Potomac River Greenway is a potential extension to the Maryland side of the proposed multi-state Potomac River Greenway. Several national parks, (Piscataway, Fort Washington, Oxon Cove and Fort Foote) contribute to the Potomac River Greenway effort. M-NCPPC owns several parcels in the corridor. The county’s Chesapeake Bay Critical Area regulations also promote water quality and resource protection considerations in the Potomac corridor. Prince George’s County and M-NCPPC have expressed a definite interest in implementing its segments of the Potomac Heritage Trail by adopting and approving the trail proposal master plans in 1975,1981, and 1985.


12) Southwest Branch

he Southwest Branch is a partially protected corridor that originates near District Heights and flows into Western Branch south of Kettering. Although most of the stream’s headwater region is heavily developed, M-NCPPC owns a substantial amount of the lower corridor.


13) Suitland Parkway

he Suitland Parkway is owned and operated by the National Park Service. Part parkway and part greenway, the Suitland Parkway is located between the Washington, D.C. line, Southern Avenue, and Maryland Rt. 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue), in Prince George’s County. In addition, this corridor is planned and partially designed for a multi-use trail that connects the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County and is a large segment of the regional 20-mile loop trail connecting the Anacostia tributary (NPS) in the District of Columbia to Henson Creek and the Potomac River Trails in Prince George’s County.


14) Tinkers Creek

inkers Creek is a partially established greenway that originates south of Andrews Air Force Base and connects with Piscataway Creek near Fort Washington. M-NCPPC owns portions of the greenway corridor. Also planned for a proposed multi-use (hiker/biker/equestrian) trail.


15) WB&A Trail

he WB&A Trail is a proposed rail-trail for hikers, bikers, and equestrians that would connect Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis. In Prince George’s County, the trail will run from the Patuxent River, just north of Bowie, to Glenn Dale, with a planned future connection to the District of Columbia near Cheverly. Construction of 6.4 miles is proposed to begin in Summer of 1997.

rossing the Patuxent River poses a major challenge to connecting the trail to a proposed extension in Anne Arundel County that would provide connections to the B&A Trail and the Patapsco Regional Greenway in central Maryland. Using neighborhood streets or the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the WB&A could connect to the Anacostia Headwaters Greenway trail network.


16) Western Branch

he Western Branch is a stream valley greenway that originates near Glenarden and connects into the Patuxent River south of Upper Marlboro. Connections occur with Collington Branch, Southwest Branch and the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail corridor. M-NCPPC owns sections in all of these corridors.

he Western Branch greenway is second in size only to the Patuxent greenway in Prince George’s County. The corridor is under continuing acquisition and will have the longest trail system of any Patuxent tributary.


16a) Folley Branch

olley Branch is a subcategory of the Western Branch tributary and a component of the Western Branch watershed and will provide a link from Glenn Dale to the Western Branch. M-NCPPC plans to acquire the stream corridor through fee simple acquisition and/or dedication. This greenway will provide a multi-use trail connection between the WB&A Rail Trail and the Western Branch Trail.


16b) Lottsford Branch and Horsepen Branch

ottsford Branch and Horsepen Branch are both subcategories of the Western Branch tributary and also are components of the Western Branch watershed. M-NCPPC plans to acquire both stream corridors through fee simple acquisition and/or dedication. These greenway corridors are located south of Maryland Rt. 50 and are planned for a multi-use trail from Enterprise Estates to the Town of Upper Marlboro.


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Updated on November 15, 2000
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