Go through the gates and head straight back, past the squad cars and the National Capital Parks – East headquarters. There is an imposing sign:
However, members of the public on foot or bicycle are allowed through the headquarters. We confirmed with Park Police that access is allowed 24/7.
Now go up the not maintained quasi driveway to the gate in the chain link fence (indicated by the arrow). Go through and take a right onto the road. Watch out, especially if you’re on a road bike, for the three inch difference at most points between the grass/gravel and the road.
You will soon reach a T intersection. Take a left onto Howard Rd. The light here is very hard to trigger by bike. Trail rangers have had decent luck getting the light to turn by rolling back and forth perpendicular to sensors evident in the pavement. You might feel a little silly but without a pedestrian button, it is that or waiting there forever.
Go straight until you are past the Anacostia Metro station. Sometime around the Metro station, you’ll want to merge into the left lane. The right lane directs you onto MLK Jr. Ave SE. If you rode 50 States last weekend you’ll know, MLK is a long hill to be avoided if possible. So in the left lane, take a slight right at the intersection of MLK and Howard onto Sheridan Rd.
Aim for the yellow arrow in the image below.
Take Sheridan Rd. for three blocks until it turns into Pomeroy Rd SE as it rounds a corner. Stop there. On the right you’ll see an invisible sign, and a curb cut leading to a paved trail between some trees. Congratulations – you’ve arrived at the Suitland Parkway Trail!