Hike, bike, ride and paddle the Potomac Heritage network of trails

Linking the tidal Potomac and upper Youghiogheny river basins, the evolving Potomac Heritage Trail network follows paths once traveled by George Washington. You can follow many of the same routes today—on foot, bicycle, horse and by boat—exploring contrasting landscapes between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Plateau.

The Potomac Heritage Trail: Pick Your Adventure

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The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail has something for everyone. History, nature, recreation, wildlife, and conservation are all themes that find a home within the Trail network. Pick your region, your experience, and enjoy the journey!

A trail marker with the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail logo at the head of a gravel trail.

Explore the Potomac Heritage NST

Whether you hike, bike, or paddle, get started planning your next visit to the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

A map of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network.

Directions & Transportation

Where is the nearest trailhead to you? Whether you travel by foot, car, public transportation, or air, download useful Map and directions.

A group involved with the Potomac Heritage NST partners poses for a picture.

Volunteer & Get Involved

Our partners and volunteers help make the PHT network's existence possible, why not make a difference and join them?

Hiking shoes set on top of a rock.


Hiking is a great way to experience the PHT network.

A bicycle rests alongside a white fence in a grassy area.


The PHT network offers a plethora of bike-riding opportunities.

Kayakers paddle the Potomac River.


Whether you hike, bike, or paddle the Potomac, there is something for everyone,

View of the Casselman Valley from the Salisbury Viaduct

Enjoy the View

An inventory of scenic viewpoints is helping to identify places that should be a focus of conservation- and photography!

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage NST Office
P. O. Box B

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-4014

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