Trail Runners

Prince George’s County has 165 miles of trail in our park system. Our trail network includes:

  • Paved multi-use trails for walking, biking, running, skating, routine transportation, daily exercise and weekend recreation (85 miles)
  • Natural surface trails for hiking, loving nature, mountain biking and horseback riding (47 miles)
  • Loop trails in neighborhood parks for walking, jogging, staying healthy and fit, and learning to ride a bike (33 miles, mostly paved).
  • Water trails along the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers for canoeing and kayaking.

Our trails traverse many settings. Urban and suburban greenways run through our stream valley parklands, rails-to-trails conversions follow the old trolley lines, and a mixed assortment of trails have been built in our regional parks and conservation lands.

Prince George’s park trails are great for family outings, hanging with friends, bird watching, getting access to fishing holes, exploring forests and wetlands, connecting to our history and decompressing from urban life.

Trail Hours and Operations

  • Paved trails are open from dawn to dusk for pedestrians and recreational uses, unless lighting is provided and extended hours are posted.
  • For cyclists, who have a headlamp and are just passing through, new rules allow access on all paved trails from 5 am to midnight.
  • Natural surface trails are open from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.
  • The Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail is policed by local police in Hyattsville, Riverdale Park and College Park.
  • Trails are not plowed or maintained for safe passage under snow and icy conditions.

Etiquette and Rules for Trail Safety

On the Trail

  • Be courteous to other trail users.
  • Stay to the right; pass on the left.
  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists traveling two-abreast must yield to on-coming and overtaking traffic.
  • When overtaking, give courteous but audible, advance warning using voice or bell.
  • Bicyclists should ride at speeds that are safe for current conditions: generally 10-15 miles per hour.
  • Horses should be kept on the grass shoulder, where possible.
  • With the exception of motorized wheelchairs, motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trail
Stay Safe
  • Bicyclists should wear a helmet; helmet use is required by state law for those under age 16.
  • Carry a mobile phone; don’t wear earphones.
  • Wear reflective material; carry a whistle or noisemaker.
  • Stay alert, be observant of your surroundings.
  • Tell friends or family the route you'll be taking; travel with a partner, when possible.
  • When stopping along the trail, move off the pavement to avoid blocking the path for other users.
  • Pets must be kept on a short leash and owners must clean up pet waste.
  • When on roadways, remember to ride with traffic, but walk and run against traffic.

Trail Projects

Two current trail projects are scheduled to open for public access in early 2019. These trails will connect communities and facilitate access around major highways in the area. As we continue to grow and expand to meet your needs, review information about these trails, as well as other Department of Recreation New & Ongoing Projects in more detail. For more information, email Robert Patten, our Trail Planner and Program Manager.

Family Wellness

View the Passport to Family Wellness (PDF).

Additional Information

Contact the Park and Planning help desk at 301-699-2255. Trail maps/brochures are available.
Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness