Anacostia Trails Heritage Area

Prince George's County

The vision of the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area is to create a major tourist destination where visitors may come and enjoy a wide variety of attractions along the trail system, visit well-maintained communities, stay overnight at a comfortable hotel, eat at any number of different restaurants, and conduct research if so inclined, all while spending tourist dollars and thereby contributing to the success of the area, its resources, and its citizens.

The Heritage Area contains intact and relatively unspoiled Historic Sites that can be used to tell a multitude of stories about the most significant aspects of transportation and communication advances that transformed the American landscape. Since settlement of this area at the end of the 17th century, each successive century has seen the original development, or completion of a different mode of transportation or method of communication that has affected not only the local landscape but the national character as well.

Linking this concentration of cultural and historical resources is the Anacostia Tributary Trails System. Nowhere else in the region are such a number of attractions so easily accessible and physically connected by a scenic greenway. Tourists may fly, drive, cycle or walk to the area, stay overnight at a comfortable hotel or campsite, use any of the numerous recreational facilities, visit museums, conduct research on a multitude of subjects, and view an art exhibit all without ever traveling more than a quick walk from the Anacostia Tributary Trail System.

The Anacostia Trails Heritage Area also contains sites that document the nature of settlement patterns around Washington, D.C., and the rise of the African-American middle class. These include plantation and tobacco culture sites, a nationally known Depression-era planned “greentown,” streetcar suburb sites, and several examples of pattern book architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, the area has one-of-a-kind educational and scientific study centers and diverse cultural resources.


The Anacostia Trails Heritage Area is a territory of some 83.7 square miles, encompassing 14 municipalities as well as many neighborhoods in the unincorporated portions of the County. It is bounded on three sides by the County boundary and on the east, in part by the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and in part by a line further east following Federal land ownership to the Patuxent River, the County's northern boundary.


The heritage tourism program in the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area is a partnership effort involving fourteen municipalities and several unincorporated communities in Prince George's County, ATHA, Inc. and the Prince George's County Redevelopment Authority.

Management Plan

Preparation of a management plan approved by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority is a requirement for becoming a Maryland “Certified” Heritage Area. The approved Management Plan includes information on the boundaries of the Certified Heritage Area and “Target Investment Zones,” and presents the heritage area’s vision and goals and the strategies, projects, programs, actions, and partnerships that will be implemented to accomplish them.

Click here to open the management plan.

Contact Information

Aaron Marcavitch, Executive Director
Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc.

4310 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, MD 20781

(301) 887-0777
(301) 887-1077 (fax)




This page updated: December 14, 2010