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Paint Branch
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Map of the Anacostia River watershed showing Paint Branch
Country United States
Location Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Maryland
Physical characteristics
River mouth Northeast Branch Anacostia River
Length 14.0 miles (22.5 km)
Basin features
Basin size 20.8 square miles (54 km2)

Paint Branch is a 14.0-mile-long (22.5 km) stream that flows through Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Maryland. It is a tributary of the Northeast Branch, which flows to the Anacostia River, Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.

The headwaters of Paint Branch are located near Spencerville (about 11.5 miles (18.5 km) north of Washington, D.C.) and the stream flows south for 14 miles (23 km) to its confluence with the Northeast Branch. The watershed area is 20.8 square miles (54 km2) and includes portions of the communities of Spencerville, Cloverly, Fairland, Colesville, White Oak and College Park.


  • Left Fork
  • Right Fork
  • Gum Springs Tributary
  • Good Hope Tributary
  • Snowden's Mill Branch
  • Fairland Farms
  • Columbia Park Tributary
  • Hollywood Branch
  • Martin Luther King Tributary
  • Tanley Road Tributary
  • Stewart-April Lane Tributary
  • West Farm Branch
  • Little Paint Branch
  • Indian Creek


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Paint Branch Trail in Montgomery County, MD

There are two trails along Paint Branch called Paint Branch Trail. One is a 3 mile hard surface trail in Montgomery County that runs from Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park to Fairland Road with a trail extension in progress to take the trail to Old Columbia Pike. The other is part of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System in Prince Georges County and goes from Lake Artemesia to Cherry Hill Road.

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