Happy Earth Day! At the University of Maryland, this wonderful planet is celebrated for the entire month of April—and what better way to enjoy and honor nature than to commute via bike? College Park is a very bike-accessible city, with multiple bike trails and lanes spanning from Lake Artemesia, to Baltimore Avenue, to College Park Park Marketplace.
The majority of trails are a part of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, which includes almost 30 miles of trails throughout Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. They offer the best scenery that the suburbs of College Park and surrounding towns have to offer, showcasing beautiful views of the lakes, creeks, and streams feeding into the Anacostia River. Best of all, they are relatively flat, so they are great for leisurely bike rides for those who are simply looking to get out into nature.
- Indian Creek Trail runs alongside the creek on the west edge of College Park near Berwyn Heights.
- Paint Branch Trail connects with Northeast Branch trail and winds around Lake Artemesia, through the woods of Paint Branch Park, across Baltimore Avenue, and up through the parks behind the restaurants along Baltimore Avenue, all the way up to Cherry Hill Road Community Park next to College Park Marketplace.
- Northeast Branch Trail stems from Indian Creek and Paint Branch Trails, past the College Park Airport, toward Campus Drive near the Ellen-Linson complex and into Riverdale Park.
If you’re commuting all the way to DC, you can bring your bike with you there as well! As long as it’s not rush hour, you’re welcome to bring your bike onto the metro with you. If not, there are plenty of bike racks at the College Park Metro Station where you can lock up your bike.
Finally, the Trolley Trail of 3.8 miles runs parallel to Rhode Island Avenue through College Park and into Hyattsville. Here is the perfect route for visiting shops located on this street, such as local bike shop Proteus Bicycles and MOM’s Organic Market in Hollywood Shopping Center. In fact, to show residents just how much the Trolley Trail has to offer, the cities of College Park, Hyattsville, and a group of local partners will host their first annual Trolley Trail Day on Saturday, June 8, featuring the participation of local businesses. This event will include biking and walking tours, local music, food and games, and more. All are welcome!
As you can see, College Park offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re in need of a tuneup or a new bike altogether, check out our post featuring local bike shop Proteus Bicycles. Happy Biking!
Hyattsville Community Development Corporation