The trail entering downtown Bethesda, MD.
The Capital Crescent Trail extends 10.75 miles along the former right-of-way of the Georgetown Branch of the B&O Railroad between Georgetown in Washington, D.C. to Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland. The trail is a recreational and commuting resource connecting residential, commercial, and employment centers. Along its route, the trail passes over four historic bridges, through two historic tunnels, and provides beautiful vistas of the Potomac River. The transformation from a disused single-track rail line to a first-class trail is an impressive example of cooperation between civic groups and governments. A coalition - comprised of community, environmental, outdoors-oriented groups, and individual citizens - worked with federal, state, county, and district governments to make the trail happen. The 6.4-mile portion of the trail in Maryland received $1.15 million in Transportation Enhancements funding in addition to $6.33 million in local, state, private funding and donations. Congress appropriated $11.5 million for the National Park Service to acquire and develop the 4.3- mile portion of the trail in D.C.
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