• Paddling on the Potomac River

    Potomac Heritage

    National Scenic Trail DC,MD,PA,VA

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and where is it?

As of early 2009, 830 miles of existing and planned trails are recognized as segments of the Trail network. The Trail corridor spans two major watersheds and portions of five physiographic provinces between the mouth of the Potomac River at Point Lookout State Park in southern Maryland and two termini in western Pennsylvania—the northeastern terminus of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail and the Forks of the Ohio in downtown Pittsburgh.

How can I help to complete the Trail network?

You can help to develop new trails and to maintain existing trails by contacting a Trail management partner or a volunteer organization.

Where can I get the Trail stamp for my Passport to Your National Parks booklet?

Passport stamps for the Trail are available at many visitor centers and other facilities throughout the Trail corridor (see list of locations below). The Passport stamp booklet is available on-line from Eastern National, the Trail cooperating association, at www.eparks.com and at many bookstores in National Park Service visitor centers.

Locations of Potomac Heritage NST Passport stamps

Did You Know?

Clara Barton seated with a female nurses graduation class

Clara Barton is probably the most famous American nurse who was never a real nurse. She cared for wounded soldiers in the Civil War and as President of the American Red Cross she organized over 18 relief efforts, but she was a former school teacher and government clerk.