Explore the Trail Network
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a diverse, braided network of trails and routes within portions of five geographic areas. The links below take you to the primary Web sites for each Trail network segment. In addition to this list, the Potomac Heritage Explorer Web site, developed through a partnership among outdoor recreation and travel interests, provides some travel ideas organized by region and activity.
· the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, within Laurel Ridge State Park
· the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (connecting Cumberland, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA), a system of seven trails managed by an alliance of organizations and agencies
· the 184.5-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath within Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park
· a 15-mile linear park system in Loudoun County, VA
· two partially-completed routes within the District of Columbia-the 23-mile Fort Circle Parks Trail, part of the Civil War Defenses of Washington, and a multi-use route between Georgetown and Oxon Cove Park
· the 18.5-mile Mount Vernon Trail and the 10-mile Potomac Heritage Trail within George Washington Memorial Parkway
· a 27-mile Potomac Heritage Trail On-Road Bicycling Route in Prince Georges County, MD
· a one-mile trail along the north shore of Piscataway Creek in Piscataway Park
· a two-mile route within Nanjemoy Natural Resource Management Area, Charles County, MD
· the Southern Maryland Potomac Heritage Trail Bicycling Route in Charles and Saint Mary's counties
· two 4.5-mile routes in Prince William Forest Park and a partially-completed 8-mile route, between Leesylvania State Park and Belmont Bay, in Prince William County
· the 23-mile Alexandria Heritage Trail in Alexandria, VA
· the Northern Neck Heritage Trail Bicycling Route Network in the four-county area of Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster and Richmond (Virginia)
Additional Trail segments, particularly those that eliminate gaps and contribute to a continuous network, can be recognized in the future.
Did You Know?
Because of its abundance and high sulfur content, Pyrite, also known as "Fool's Gold," was once mined in what is now Prince William Forest Park (1889-1920) to be used in products ranging from light bulbs to soap.