• Paddling on the Potomac River

    Potomac Heritage

    National Scenic Trail DC,MD,PA,VA

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.

· the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, within Laurel Ridge State Park

· 74 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage between Ohiopyle and Cumberland, managed by a coalition 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

· 7.7 miles of trails within Riverbend Park, Great Falls Park and Scott's Run Nature Preserve in northern Fairfax 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 Government Island Trail, the planned five-mile Historic Falmouth-Ferry Farm Trail, and the Aquia Creek Water Trail in Stafford County, 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?

Bald Eagle

The Potomac River is often used by the bald eagle as a flyway. It is not unusual for them to be seen along the areas of Forts Carroll, Foote, and Marcy. Bald eagles also have successfully nested in Fort Circle Park areas in the southeast section of the city.