Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

  • Signpost marks the start of gravel trail along rustic fence and trees



Potomac Heritage Trail Information

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network follows the paths explored by George Washington. Hikers, bicyclists, and boaters explore the Chesapeake area.

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a partnership to develop and maintain a system of trails for recreation, transportation, health, and education between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands.

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network includes 830 miles of existing and planned trails and trail corridors managed by different agencies and organizations:

  • The 184.5-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath within Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park.
  • 7.7 miles of trails within Riverbend Park, Great Falls Park and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve in northern Fairfax County, VA.
  • The 18.5-mile Mount Vernon Trail and the 10-mile Potomac Heritage Trail within George Washington Memorial Parkway.
  • A 27-mile Potomac Heritage Trail On-Road Bicycling Route in Prince Georges County, MD.
  • A one-mile trail along the north shore of Piscataway Creek in Piscataway Park.
  • Two 4.5-mile routes in Prince William Forest Park and a partially-completed 8-mile route, between Leesylvania State Park and Belmont Bay, in Prince William County.
Making an Impact

Visiting Potomac Heritage Trail

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Harpers Ferry , WV

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