A new national trail takes shape through careful planning. In this planning section of the trail's website, you can view and download all of the plans created so far, and learn of upcoming opportunities to get involved with aspects of trail development.

Wide public participation is essential throughout the trail planning process. Input from the public helps guide the National Park Service in finding the best methods to manage, interpret, and access the trail. Through workshops, consultations, and the public comment process, the National Park Service asks the public to help shape the framework for long-term management and use of the trail. Throughout the comprehensive management planning process the public was informed and invited to comment through the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website.

To learn of opportunities to participate in public meetings or workshops as trail planning and development continue, contact us to be added to the email contact list.

Click on the links below to view and/or download elements of the trail planning process:

Comprehensive management plan and environmental assessment

James River Segment Plan

Potomac River Segment Plan

Interpretive Plan

Conservation Strategy


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