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Capital Crescent & Georgetown Branch Trails

Capital Crescent Trail Map LocatorNOTICE: Montgomery Parks and a private firm will be performing ongoing tree work on the Capital Crescent Trail. Beginning with the section of the trail between Dorset to Woodmont Avenue throughout the month of June. The work should not limit trail access, however, trail users are urged to use caution around work areas. - posted 5-29-15

Also, an apartment building construction project will close the Capital Crescent Trail just south of Bethesda Avenue for about two weeks to allow for trail improvements that are part of the Lot 31, The Flats project. Trail users will be directed onto a detour along a new public pathway just south of The Flats. Pedestrians will then be able to use the sidewalks on Woodmont Avenue and bicyclists can use the newly marked bicycle lanes. - Bethesda Magazine online article - posted 5/26/15


The Capital Crescent Trail follows an abandoned railroad right of way and extends 11 miles from Georgetown, in the District of Columbia, to Silver Spring in Montgomery County. Approximately 5.5 miles of the trail are in Montgomery County.

The trail, one of 500 rail-to-trail projects in the nation, traverses neighborhoods and parkland and includes stretches along the Potomac River. The trail is the most popular trail in Montgomery County.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless noted otherwise on the map, trails marked “Natural Surface” and “Hard Surface” are "Shared by All" trails which includes hikers, bikers and equestrians. Additional information about permitted uses of Park trails is available on our Trail User Information page.

Trail Map The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, a private, non-profit group, maintains a web site about the trail that features detailed maps:


Hiking Biking and Rollerblading


Traverses southern Montgomery County from Georgetown, DC to Bethesda and Chevy Chase and eventually Silver Spring, MD

Trail length/surface

From Georgetown to Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda the trail is paved to a width of 10 feet. Between Bethesda and Silver Spring, the trail is crushed stone (4 miles) and then continues on road.

Trail characteristics

This trail is heavily used at all times. It also serves as a commuter trail to Georgetown during the week. Tunnels and bridges offer safe passage under MacArthur Boulevard and Wisconsin Avenue and over River Road. The Georgetown Branch Interim Trail--a hard packed gravel path--connects the CCT with Silver Spring, MD 4 miles away after crossing Jones Mill Rd.

Drinking water




Access and parkingAccessibility

In Montgomery County, trail access is available at Bethesda (mile 3.5) or at points shown on the map at


For information about the trail, and to obtain a color map of the trail, call the Coalition at 202-234-4874.

Last page update: May 29, 2015