|Long Branch Creek along Wilmer Street in Indian Spring, just south of its headwaters. Photo by the author.|
I think the current Long Branch Trail should be extended to Franklin Avenue as a paved path, then continued on-street through Indian Spring to a potential pedestrian bridge over the Beltway at Indian Spring Terrace Park, and then through the campus of Blair High School to the intersection of Colesville Road and University Boulevard. Click on the interactive map below to get a visual reference of the potential extension.
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I think this would be a good idea for several reasons. While Four Corners is in the Anacostia Watershed, and there are several creeks and streams that feed the Anacostia flowing through our community, we are not well served by the Anacostia Tributary Trail System (ATTS).
The Sligo Creek Trail is probably the most well known trail in eastern Montgomery County. The paved shared-use path skirts the western edge of Four Corners as it runs from Wheaton to Chillum. The Sligo Creek Trail is a nice place for a leisurely stroll or bike ride, but it's popularity also means it is crowded. The trail is also difficult to access from Four Corners because it is on the western side of the creek, with the only direct access points being Dennis Avenue and Forest Glen Road.
The Northwest Branch Trail, which is another shared use paved trail that is part of the ATTS, does not serve Four Corners well either. It runs from Bladensburg to Oakview, ending south of the Beltway bridge. There are rustic dirt trails along Northwest Branch north of the Beltway, but they do not connect to the paved trail south of the bridge (unless you feel like climbing over some rocks). The trail is on the eastern side of the creek, opposite of Four Corners, and the only easy access is from Oakview. Many Four Corners residents may not even know about this trail since it mostly runs through Prince George's County.
|The Long Branch Trail next to the Foxhall Apartments. A trail like this could be continued all the way to Franklin Avenue. Photo by the author.|
|Long Branch Creek south of Piney Branch Road. Photo by the author.|