• 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?

1996 flood from overlook 3

Rapid snow melts and heavy rains have caused floods at Great Falls National Park. Floods have helped to create the unique natural environment in the park. They are one of the reasons why several rare plant communities exist there.