New Recreation Guide Unveiled for the Anacostia River

May 18, 2010

Anacostia River

Anacostia River. Photo courtesy Anacostia Watershed Society.

Washington, D.C. — Exploring the historic Anacostia River just got a bit easier with the unveiling of the new Anacostia River Water Trail Guide from the Anacostia Watershed Society, The Conservation Fund and the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail at the Anacostia River Business Summit.

“This guide will help people see the fantastic resources there are along the Anacostia River. John Smith came this way in 1608 and lots of people should follow in his wake. This guide is a great tool to help showcase the sites,” noted Jim Foster, president of the Anacostia Watershed Society.

The guide features maps and trails that highlight historical, cultural, natural and recreational points of interest on or adjacent to the river, which can be explored by car, bike, foot and water. It also includes historical facts, safety guidelines and information on the environment and conservation of the Anacostia.

“The goal of the guide is to generate more attention to the Anacostia River’s incredibly rich history and natural assets, for visitors and current residents alike,” said Erik Meyers, vice president of sustainable programs at The Conservation Fund. “The new Anacostia River Water Trail connects us to the earliest days of American history and helps us see an exciting future for the local economy, community and environment tied to increased visitation, recreation and restoration activity.”

The guide emerged as an opportunity to connect a water trail at the upper portion of the Anacostia River with the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first all-water national historic trail that traces Smith’s monumental 1607-1609 voyages of exploration in the Chesapeake Bay region and includes the lower portion of the Anacostia River.

“The Capt. John Smith Trail was created to celebrate his explorations and interactions with American Indians. But an equally important objective of the Trail is to raise awareness and to increase participation in the protection and restoration of great rivers, including the Anacostia,” said David O’Neill, president of the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail. “The Trail guide encourages the recreational use of the river and recognizes the Anacostia as the vital resource that it is.”

The guide is produced by a partnership between the Anacostia Watershed Society, The Conservation Fund and the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail formed to promote the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Anacostia River. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is also an integral partner due to its generous financial support of the project.

The Anacostia River Water Trail Guide is available by calling or visiting the Anacostia Watershed Society. A copy can also be downloaded from the Society’s website

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