Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and where is it?

As of June 2016, approximately 862 miles of existing and planned trails are recognized as segments of the Trail network (i.e., 736 existing, 126 planned). The Trail corridor spans two major watersheds and portions of five physiographic provinces between two points at the mouth of the Potomac River -- Point Lookout State Park in southern Maryland and Smith Point on the Northern Neck of Virginia -- and the northern terminus of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in western Pennsylvania.

How do trails become part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network?

Authorized in the National Trails System Act, trails and routes are recognized as segments of the Trail network through "agreements for management"; trail managers and the NPS Trail administrator execute a "memorandum of understanding" designating a specific trail and/or route, which document also authorizes trail managers to use the official Trail marker.

Where can I get the Trail stamp for my Passport to Your National Parks booklet?

Potomac Heritage NST Passport stamps are available at many visitor centers and other facilities throughout the Trail corridor. The Passport stamp booklet is available from Eastern National.

How can I get involved?

Volunteers are important to complete and maintain the PHT network. You can help by volunteering with a Trail management partner or an affiliated organization.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage NST Office
P. O. Box B

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-4014

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