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
· 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 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?
Robert Harper operated a ferry across the Potomac River in 1747. His heirs, the Wagers, maintained the operation until 1824 when a bridge was built across the Potomac.