The Project for Public Spaces, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities, has recognized the Capital Crescent Trail as one of "21 great places that show how transportation can enliven a community". The CCT is described as:
"the most-used rail-trail in the nation, transporting one million walkers and bicyclists a year to destinations as varied as suburban Bethesda Row, a trendy restaurant hotspot, and Fletcher's Boathouse, an angler's hangout. A green oasis in the midst of traffic-clogged suburbia, the Capital Crescent trail connects suburban Maryland to the Potomac waterfront with many natural and historic destinations in between."
See the Project for Public Spaces June 2005 Making Places Newsletter for more on the 21 great places around the world.