This park protects a balance between man made areas and natural ones. They share a watershed and you may encounter the unexpected.
Animals are wild, not pets. They may allow you to approach, then become frightened and defend themselves. Keeping your distance, at least ten feet, is one way to ensure that you and the wildlife are safe.
Check local weather forecasts, stay hydrated and dress accrodingly. Be curteous on the Anacostia river trail and share the path with pedestrians, dog walkers and bikers.
Please be aware of the tides. The anacostia river fluctuates 3ft throughout the day. Heavy rains and high tide may cause the river to flood. Do not enter a flooded area even if it looks shallow. Currents may be faster than they appear.