• Paddling on the Potomac River

    Potomac Heritage

    National Scenic Trail DC,MD,PA,VA

Maps

Potomac-heritage-trail-map-2011

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network

NPS 2012

View and download a map of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network (2012). Click here to download a KMZ file for use in Google Earth (2.6 MB).

Trails within the Potomac Heritage Network

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (click on "maps"), Ohiopyle - Seward, Penn., within Laurel Ridge State Park.

Laurel Ridge Cross-Country Ski Area (PDF; 6.4 MB; 2013) Weaving through a portion of the corridor for the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, the brochure/map illustrates a network of exceptional trails for all abilities.

Great Allegheny Passage, Cumberland - Pittsburgh, Penn., managed by the Allegheny Trail Alliance. The first edition of a map developed by the NPS can be downloaded here.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, Georgetown, D.C. - Cumberland, Md., managed by Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service.

Civil War Defenses of Washington Trail (1.1 MB; PDF; 15.5 x 16.5 inches; 2010) Published with support from the Connect Trails to Parks Program, the map is side B of a brochure depicting a route for hiking on trails and sidewalks in the DC, as well as bicycling routes in DC and Virginia. A hiking guide for the route between Tenleytown Metro/Fort Reno and Fort Totten is here (5.3 MB; 2014).

Prince Georges County, Maryland (PDF; 4.3 MB) The Potomac Heritage Trail On-Road Bicycling Route connecting parks, public landings and historic sites between Oxon Cove Park and Marshall Hall; available at the Fort Washington Park Visitor Center or contact us.

Virginia Piedmont (PDF; 490 KB), various Trail segments between White's Ferry and the American Legion Bridge (i.e., I-495) in eastern Loudoun and northern Fairfax counties. A brochure is available from Visit Loudoun or contact us. To volunteer on trail projects, contact the Potomac Heritage Trail Association.

Potomac Heritage Trail and the Mount Vernon Trail within George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service.

Prince William & Southern Fairfax Counties, Virginia (PDF; 6.4 MB; 2014) A map of the developing Trail network between Locust Shade Park and Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Please contact us with corrections and suggestions.

Stafford County, Virginia (PDF; 1.1MB; 2008) A base map of the County, including Trail segments.

Northern Neck of Virginia (PDF; 4.9 MB; 2014) The map side of the Northern Neck Heritage Trail Bicycling Route Network brochure, available from the Northern Neck Tourism Commission. Please note: Sections of Route 3 in Westmoreland County are used by vehicles traveling at high speeds and do not include shoulders or lanes for bicyclists.

Regional Maps

Garrett County, Maryland, and vicinity (PDF; 7 MB; 2013) Considered in the 1974 feasibility study for the Trail, the region includes extraordinary opportunities to develop one or more continuous, non-motorized routes. For more information, see Web sites for Garrett Trails and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Parks and regional trails in the Potomac River corridor between the Piedmont and the Paw Paw Bends (2 MB reduced file size; 15 1/2 x 16 1/2 print version) A base map for an area often fragmented by state boundaries. Click on "contact us" to request the production files.

Southern Maryland Potomac Heritage Trail On-Road Bicycling Route (PDF; 2011) Developed for use on a "rack card," the regional locator map depicts an overview of a general route for bicycling between Point Lookout and Oxon Cove Park (i.e., Woodrow Wilson Bridge & DC-Md. line).

Did You Know?

Brachyphyllum crassicarde fossil

During the Cretaceous Period, 120 million years ago, the Fort Foote property was swamp land, much different from today. Warm adapted plants such as Brachyphyllum crassicarde lived in this habitat (fossil photo to the right). As the climate began to change, this plant as well as many others died out.