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

Linking the tidal Potomac and upper Youghiogheny river basins, the evolving Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network lies within a corridor rich in historic pathways and waterways. You can travel this historic corridor today—on foot, bicycle and horse and by boat—exploring contrasting landscapes between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Plateau.

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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!

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Hiking is a great way to experience the PHT network.

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Bicycling throughout the PHT corridor provides an exceptional experience of various kinds of landscapes and communities.

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

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Maps of the PHT network

Trails, routes and exceptional places between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands

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Find Your Trail

Plan your visit by mode of travel or region.

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National Trail System's 50th Anniversary

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

Last updated: February 28, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage NST Office
National Park Service
1100 Ohio Drive SW

Washington, DC 20242



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