Little Paint Branch Trail Extension Project

The Little Paint Branch Trail Extension Project is a 2.1-mile extension of the Paint Branch Trail from Cherry Hill Road to the Beltsville Community Center. Extending the Little Paint Branch Trail will provide a shared use path route across the Beltway and connect two M-NCPPC park facilities: the Paint Branch Stream Valley Park with the Little Paint Branch Stream Valley Park.

Today, these linear parks are separated by the I-95/I-495 interchange and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Closing this gap in the Anacostia Tributaries Trail System will create a continuous 75-mile trail route from Fairland Regional Park near Laurel, Maryland to Purcellville, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It passes through the heart of Washington D.C. along the new waterfront development and past Nationals Park. Ninety-eight percent will be off-road, with two percent on quiet neighborhood streets and park roads.

Status (Trail opened June 2019)

Budget: ~$5.7 million for design and construction
Funding Sources: State Highway Administration, M-NCPPC, Developer Contribution

Project Activities: Property acquisition, easements across public institutions, a major bridge, intersection improvements, utility relocations, and extensive stormwater mitigation.

Construction Started: February 2018

Contact: Robert Patten, Trail Program Manager

Public Information Meeting Little Paint Branch Trail Extension Project

Map of Little Paint Branch Trail Extension Project (Jan 2019)

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