Welcome to the Capital Cresent Trail

CCT is closed east of Bethesda for Purple Line construction - signed alternate route

Welcome to the Capital Crescent Trail

The Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) is a shared use off-road trail from Georgetown, D.C. to Silver Spring, MD, suitable for walkers, joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers. The Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, an all-volunteer organization, has spearheaded efforts since 1986 to develop this first-class shared use trail.

The Trail is a rail-trail, built upon the former railbed of the 11 mile Georgetown Branch of the B&O Railroad. The Trail is complete as a hard surface trail from Georgetown to Bethesda, with 6 bridges and a tunnel offering users gentle gradients, with grade-separated crossings at most (all but 3) roadways.

The Trail at the Dalecarlia TunnelThe Trail at the Dalecarlia Tunnel

The trail was packed crushed stone from Bethesda to Lyttonsville, in western Silver Spring, however that closed in September 2017 for Purple Line light rail line construction on the trail right-of-way. When Purple Line construction completes, predicted for 2022, the trail will run alongside it, completely grade-separated between Bethesda and Silver Spring.
* Click this link for the official signed Montgomery County Department of Transportation Alternate Trail Route.
* Click this link for other alternate routes offered by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).

Our Know the Trail page presents a more complete description of the Trail and its rich history. Use our Directions, Parking & Access page to find directions to the Trail and services available along the Trail.

A 2006 Survey shows that the Trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the nation. But much remains to be done to complete this wonderful trail and to make it a delight for all. The Trail will not be finished until it is completed as a paved off-road trail into downtown Silver Spring. The Coalition continues to work to complete the Trail and to provide features to make the Trail more attractive and fun to use.


  • Support the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, which is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our Donate page shows how to make a donation.
  • Volunteer for trail maintenance or other trail building efforts. Our Volunteer page lists opportunities to help.
  • Join our CCCT Officers and Board at our monthly meetings for opportunities to get involved in ongoing projects. Meeting information is on our Volunteer page.


If you have questions or suggestions for the CCCT, please Contact Us.