Plan Your Visit

two bicyclists enjoy the view from the bridge over the Youghiogheny River near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a diverse network of trails and routes embracing portions of five geographic provinces and two major watersheds. The "Things to Do" section includes more information and additional links to explore the Trail network, and a KMZ file that is available for download, provides a window into the Trail network through Google Earth.

Hiking opportunities are extensive and one of the best ways to experience the beauty, history and culture of the Trail network. Reach for a digital edition of Potomac Heritage Trail: A Hiker's Guide; developed with assistance from the American Hiking Society, the guide includes descriptions of places and practical information to help plan day trips, overnight hikes and, for those with more time, the length of the Trail corridor. Please contact us if you've completed a through-hike or all sections (e.g., travel between Point Lookout, Md. or Smith Point, Vir., and Seward or Point State Park, Penn.)--we'd like to learn from you.

Bicycling opportunities are many, including the marked Northern Neck Heritage Trail, the Southern Maryland PHT route, the Mount Vernon Trail, the C & O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage; see Maps page for more information and contact Adventure Cycling Association for a set of "Tidewater Potomac Heritage" bicycling route maps. For a draft set of cue sheets between Arlington Memorial Bridge and Reedville, VA.

Paddling the Potomac and Youghiogheny rivers, as well as their tributaries, often provides intimate connections with natural areas and unique perspectives on urban environments. Explore those water trails with these helpful pages, developed in 2012 with the assistance of the River Management Society.

Cross-country skiing is a popular winter activity in some portions of the Trail corridor. Enjoy the trails during snowfalls using this helpful guide.


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