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

Loading the player...
Visit JWPlayer docs for keyboard shortcuts
1 minute, 36 seconds

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 hiker with the National Trail system logo.

National Trail System's 50th Anniversary

The National Trails System celebrates 50 years of helping people find their trail.

A map of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network

Explore the PHT network

Trails and routes between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands

A group standing and kneeling for a picture by a trail marker in the shape of a four-sided pillar.


Management partners and volunteers are the heart of the PHT network.

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,

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.

Last updated: June 22, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage NST Office
P. O. Box B

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-4014

Contact Us