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:
Laurel Ridge State Park
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation

Pennsylvania / Maryland

Great Allegheny Passage (Cumberland, MD - Pittsburgh, PA):

Allegheny Trail Alliance


Maryland / Washington, DC

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath:
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
National Park Service

C & O Canal Trust: Canal Quarters and Canal Discoveries


Washington, DC

Civil War Defenses of Washington/Fort Circle Parks Trail:

National Capital Parks-East

Rock Creek Park

Cultural Tourism DC

District Department of Transportation

Maryland (click here for an overview of Trail segments and projects)

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

Maryland Department of Transportation Bicycle Safety

Prince Georges County Department of Public Works and Transportation

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

National Capital Parks-East
National Park Service

a Trail route within Nanjemoy Natural Resource Management Area:

Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States

Southern Maryland Potomac Heritage Trail Bicycling Route:

Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board

Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland

Maryland State Highway Administration

Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium

evaluation of a potential hiking route in Southern Maryland:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources


the system of linear parks & Potomac Heritage Trail segments in eastern Loudoun and northern Fairfax Counties:

Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (Bles Park, Elizabeh Mills Park, Kephart Landing, Keep Loudoun Beautiful Park)


Leesburg Department of Parks & Recreation (Edward's Landing Park, Potomac Crossing Park)


Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (Janelia Farm easement, Algonkian Regional Park, Lowe's Island trail corridor, Red Rock Wilderness Regional Park, Ball's Bluff Regional Park; Potomac Heritage Trailin theSeneca TractandUpper Potomac Properties, between Seneca Road and Riverbend Park)


Fairfax County Park Authority (Riverbend Park; Scott's Run Nature Preserve)


Great Falls Park
National Park Service

Potomac Heritage Trail (between Theodore Roosevelt Island and Live Oak Drive) & Mount Vernon Trail:

George Washington Memorial Parkway
National Park Service

Alexandria Heritage Trail (connecting to the Mount Vernon Trail):

City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services

City of Alexandria Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

Alexandria Archeology

Potomac Heritage Trail route in southern Fairfax County (Mount Vernon - Occoquan Regional Park):

Fairfax County Park Authority
Virginia Department of Transportation

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority

Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States

existing and planned Potomac Heritage Trail routes in Prince William County:

Prince William County Park Authority

Prince William County Planning Office
Potomac Communities project

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Virginia Department of Transportation

Prince William Forest Park
National Park Service

Occoquan and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Government Island Trail & the planned Historic Falmouth-Ferry Farm Trail:

Stafford County Department of Parks and Recreation

Northern Neck Heritage Trail Bicycling Route Network:

Northern Neck Planning District Commission

Virginia Department of Transportation

To review a copy of a memorandum of understanding among four Virginia agencies and the National Park Service, click here.

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 National Scenic Trail Office

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail:
(segments of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail within the tidal portion of the Potomac River corridor connect with sites along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake NHT, a water trail)

NPS Chesapeake Bay Program Office
also see Partners

National Recreational Trails
Various managers: more information here

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