A family walks along a tree shaded trail

From Pittsburgh, PA to the Chesapeake Bay, there are many partners that create our trail network

NPS Photo / Guell


Segments of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network are managed by many different agencies and organizations, and many rely on the contributions of volunteers. For information about a specific segment, please contact the Trail manager.

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (Pennsylvania)

Great Allegheny Passage (Pennsylvania & Maryland)

C&O Canal Towpath Corridor

Washington, DC

Civil War Defenses of Washington/Fort Circle Parks Trail:


Click here for an overview of Trail segments and projects

Prince George's County Potomac Heritage Trail On-Road Bicycling Route:

Oxon Cove Park, Harmony Hall, Fort Foote Park, Fort Washington Park & Piscataway Park:

Nanjemoy Natural Resource Management Area:

  • Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States - 703-339-3463

Southern Maryland

Potential hiking routes

Northern Virginia

Eastern Loudoun and northern Fairfax Counties:

Mount Vernon Trail:

Alexandria Heritage Trail

Southern Fairfax County

Prince William County (planned):

Government Island Trail & Historic Falmouth-Ferry Farm Trail (planned):

Virginia's Northern Neck

Other Components of the National Trails System

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

  • 2.5 miles of the C & O Canal Towpath are used as segments of the Potomac Heritage and the Appalachian national scenic trails, the only such instance in the National Trails System
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Visitor Center: 304-535-6331

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

  • Segments of the PHT within the tidal portion of the Potomac River corridor connect with sites along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT, a water trail
Washington - Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail

  • Segments of the PHT intersect and, in some cases, overlap with the historic routes

Did You Know?