The cover of the Foundations Document for Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.
The cover of the Foundation Document for Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

Photo Credit: NPS

A blue sky and a peaceful beach with blue water
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is an expanding network, providing opportunities for hiking, bicycing, paddling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing

NPS Photo / Guell

Foundation Document: Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (October 2014)

The Foundation Document is intended to capture existing practices to administer the federal interest in the Trail, to summarize plans and policies to date, and to serve as a basis for future coordination, site specific planning and Trail corridor-wide decision-making; in particular, the content is intended to serve as a foundation for comprehensive management of the Trail network, and as a reference for NPS staff and Trail management partners, volunteer-based organizations, and others with an interest in the Trail network. Download the full Foundation Document (2.5 MB, low-res PDF) and the four-page Overview (4.6 MB).


Potomac Heritage NST Interpretive Concept Plan

A series of meetings and discussions in 2004 led to completion of an "interpretive concept plan," which established a foundation for interpretation, described opportunities and provided some direction for Trail stakeholders.


Plans and Planning

Local, regional and state plans and planning processes address particular sections of the Trail corridor and participation in local planning processes has been and continues to be essential to complete the Trail network. Following are some links to such plans:


More documents

Documents developed over the past 20 years provide additional information about planning for and management of the Trail network, as well as the history and significance of the Trail:


...A Proposed National Scenic Trail

Authorized by Congress in the National Trails System Act of 1968, the former Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Department of the Interior, published a "feasibility study" titled The Potomac Heritage Trail: A Proposed National Scenic Trail in 1974 (PDF; 28.5 MB).


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage NST Office
P. O. Box B

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-4014

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