• Paddling on the Potomac River

    Potomac Heritage

    National Scenic Trail DC,MD,PA,VA

Our Partners

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.

Pennsylvania

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail:
Laurel Ridge State Park
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation
724-455-3755

Pennsylvania / Maryland

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

Allegheny Trail Alliance

888-ATA-BIKE

Maryland / Washington, DC

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath:
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
National Park Service
301-739-4200

C & O Canal Trust: Canal Quarters and Canal Discoveries

301-714-2233

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
202-690-5185

a Trail route within Nanjemoy Natural Resource Management Area:

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

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

Virginia

the system of linear parks in eastern Loudoun County:

Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services
703-777-0343

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (Janelia Farm easement, Algonkian Regional Park & Lowe's Island trail corridor)
703-352-5900

Potomac Heritage Trail in the Seneca Tract and Upper Potomac Properties (between Seneca Road and Riverbend Park):

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
703-352-5900

Trail routes in Riverbend Park and Scott's Run Nature Preserve:

Fairfax County Park Authority
703-759-9018

Potomac Heritage Trail route in Great Falls Park:

Great Falls Park
National Park Service
703-285-2965

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

George Washington Memorial Parkway
National Park Service
703-289-2500

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
703-759-9018
Virginia Department of Transportation

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
703-352-5900

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

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

Prince William County Park Authority
703-792-7060

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
540-658-4871

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
304-535-6278

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
304-535-6331

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
410-267-5720
also see Partners

National Recreational Trails
Various managers: more information here

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.