Planning for the PHT happens at different scales and, most importantly, at local, regional and state levels: When the PHT is included in local and regional comprehensive plans; state comprehensive outdoor recreation plans; pedestrian and bicycle plans; and local, state and federal site plans, trail projects are more likely to be considered in the context of other plans (e.g., transportation planning); to become eligible for regional- and state-based funding (e.g., federally-funded Recreational Trails Program, Land and Water Conservation Fund, etc.); and to help address other goals (e.g., conservation, non-motorized transportation, heritage tourism). Planning processes are often a key to implementation.
At the scale of the PHT corridor, the following serve as guides for NPS staff and partners involved with PHT network planning and management:
The Potomac Heritage Trail would follow the course of the Potomac River from source to mouth, linking an astounding array of superlative historic, scenic, natural, and cultural features, and offering an outstanding recreation opportunity for the residents of the Potomac Valley and its annual millions of visitors. (p.3)
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Related Planning and Plans
Local, regional, state and federal plans and planning processes address particular sections of the PHT corridor. Following are some examples:
Last updated: February 17, 2022