Enjoy the View: Potomac Heritage Trail Network

Like others throughout the National Park System, NPS Trail office staff and partners are engaged in various projects to conduct scenic resource inventories, to evaluate the significance of viewsheds, and to identify land conservation priorities. See below for ways that you can help, and visit the NPS Air Resources page on Clean Air & Clear Views for System-wide and park information.

 
Kayaks resting on the shore of the Potomac River with the river and treeline in the background.
Kayaks on the shores of the Potomac River with scenic views of the river and treeline.

Photo Copyright by Dom J Manalo.

Scenic Viewpoints

The viewpoints below have been compiled with the help of various PHT network partners over the past few years. The term "viewpoint" defines a specific place from which PHT users can experience natural beauty or some type of cultural significance and is worthy of conservation. Click on a PHT region or segment below to see a drop-down list.

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Check out these scenic views along the LHHT! Is there a viewpoint missing? Can you provide us with missing data, such as coordinates? Let us know by clicking on contact us.

Name of Scenic Viewpoint Location (approx.) Latitude Longitude Center Bearing
LHHT 1 (overlooking the Youghiogheny) Mile 2.5 N/A N/A N/A
LHHT (overlooking the Youghiogheny) Mile 4 N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 3 Mile 8 N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 4 Mile 9 N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 5 Mile 21.5 N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 6 Mile 29 N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 7 Mile 30 (near PA Route 31 trailhead) N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 8 Mile 38.5 (near PA Turnpike shelter area) N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 9 Mile 61.0 N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 10 Mile 62.5 N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 11 (across Conemaugh Valley) Mile 66.7
N/A N/A N/A
LHHT 12 (n. across Conemaugh Gorge) Mile 67.5

Note: Locations are approximate; please use caution and observe all regulations.

Great Allegheny Passage

Check out these scenic views along the GAP Trail! Is there a scenic view missing? Can you provide us with missing data, such as coordinates? Let us know at pohesocialmedia@nps.gov

Name of Scenic View Location (approx.) Latitude Longitude Central Bearing
Bridges over the Youghiogheny River Ohiopyle, PA N/A N/A; N/A
Turkeyfoot Overlook Mile 62, Confluence PA N/A N/A N/A
Salisbury Viaduct Mile 33.5, near Meyersdale, PA 39.8341561 -79.0477227 360°
Big Savage View Mile 22, SE entrance of Big Savage Tunnel 39.7454349 -78.8965415,14 South East

There is also a scenic view along the Eastern Continental Divide Loop at High Rocks along the Meadow Mountain Trail looking toward Big Savage Mountain.

Note: some of these coordinates are approximate, and caution, and observance to all rules and regulations should be followed while pursuing these viewpoints.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath

Check out these scenic views along the C&O Canal! Is there a scenic view missing? Can you provide us with missing data, such as coordinates? Let us know at pohesocialmedia@nps.gov

Name of Scenic View Location (approx.) Latitude Longitude Central Bearing *
Canal Plaza Place (terminus) Mile 184.5 Cumberland, MD 39.649658 78.7639392,260 360°
Paw Paw Bends View Mile 156-157, Lat/Long is for SW trailhead 39.550448 78.463064 South
Paw Paw Western Maryland Railroad Bridge View Mile 156 (on banks of Potomac) 39.545329 78.461149 Northwest
View of Maryland Heights;"The Point" Mile 60.8 Harpers Ferry,WV 39.322977 -77.728573 360°
Jefferson Rock Harpers Ferry, WV 39.3223604 -77.73342 South-south-west
Big Slackwater (boat ramp) Mile 85,Sharpsburg, MD 39.5007252 -77.8473884 Southwest
Point of Rocks Mile 48.2 N/A N/A N/A
Monocacy Aqueduct Mile 42 39.223950 -77.452192 360°
Whites Ferry Mile 35.5, Dickerson MD 39.154645 -77.519681 West
Great Falls Overlook Great Falls, Maryland 38.997339 -77.2513691 West, Northwest
Mile Marker 0 SE of Thompson Boat Center Mile 0, at mouth of Rock Creek 38.899927 -77.057562 Southwest

Note: some of these coordinates are approximate, and caution, and observance to all rules and regulations should be followed while pursuing these viewpoints.

Northern Virginia and DC

Check out these scenic views along the Northern Viriginia and DC region! Is there a scenic view missing? Can you provide us with missing data, such as coordinates? Let us know at pohesocialmedia@nps.gov

Name of Scenic View Location (approx.) Latitude Longitude Central Bearing
Great Falls View River Trail in Great Falls Park, McLean, Virginia 38.9963876 -77.2540841 West
Ball's Bluff National Cemetery (near Turtle Run fork) Leesburg, Catoctin, VA N/A N/A West
Views of National Monuments over the Potomac Mount Vernon Trail, MD, VA, DC N/A N/A N/A
Arlington House View of Fort Circle Arlington House, Fort Myer, VA 38.8782284 77.0739277 360°
Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge Washington DC (Lat/Long is Approx) 38.792905 -77.033521 360°
Portico Potomac View George Washington's Mount Vernon, VA 38.707885 -77.0862793 Southeast
Deephole Point, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge Woodbridge, VA 38.637914 -77.228275 Southeast
Veteran's Memorial Park View Woodbridge, VA 38.644171 -77.247338 West
Winter View at Rippon Lodge Woodbridge, VA N/A N/A N/A
Chatham Manor Fredericksburg, VA N/A N/A West

Note: some of these coordinates are approximate, and caution, and observance to all rules and regulations should be followed while pursuing these viewpoints.

Southern Maryland

Check out these scenic views in the Southern Maryland and DC area! Is there a scenic view missing? Can you provide us with missing data, such as coordinates? Let us know at pohesocialmedia@nps.gov

Name of Scenic View Location (approx.) Latitude Longitude Central Bearing
Piscataway Park Lookout towards Mount Vernon Accoceek Foundation, MD 38.695858 -77.065961 Northwest
Chapel Point Overlook Chapel Point Cemetery, MD N/A N/A Northwest
Port Tobacco Creek Views Port Tobacco Historic District, MD N/A N/A 360°
McIntosh Run and Breton Bay View Leonardtown Wharf Park, MD 38.286201 -76.638799 Southwest
Chancellor's Point Historic St. Mary's City, MD 38.169412 -76.440839 West

Note: some of these coordinates are approximate, and caution, and observance to all rules and regulations should be followed while pursuing these viewpoints.

Northern Neck of Virginia

Check out these scenic views in the Northern Neck of Virginia! Is there a scenic view missing? Can you provide us with missing data, such as coordinates? Let us know at pohesocialmedia@nps.gov

Name of Scenic View Location (approx.) Latitude Longitude Central Bearing
Caledon State Park Shoreline King George, VA 38.348622 -77.157668 Northwest
Horsehead Cliffs Westmoreland State Park, Montross, VA 38.172525 -76.875328 Northeast
George Washington Birthplace of Popes Creek Colonial Beach, VA 38.185881 -76.916267 Northeast
Stratford Hall View Stratford, VA 38.1519269 -76.841643 East
Kinsale Historic Distric Harbor Kinsale, VA 38.0302518 -76.5769272 Northeast
Sunnybank Ferry North Dock Heathsville, VA 37.890760 -76.269722 Northwest
Smiths Point at Chesapeake Bay Smiths Point, VA N/A N/A 360°
Reedville Historic District Reedville, VA N/A N/A 360°

Note: some of these coordinates are approximate, and caution, and observance to all rules and regulations should be followed while pursuing these viewpoints.

Send us your suggestions!

Do you have a favorite viewpoint or viewshed you would like to see preserved along the PHT network? We would appreciate your comments, feedback and photos. Click on Contact us to tell us what you feel are the most important viewpoints and/or viewsheds associated with the PHT network. You can also tag us in pictures of your favorite viewsheds via Instagram at @potomacheritagetrail.

 

Last updated: March 21, 2018

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Potomac Heritage NST Office
P. O. Box B

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone:

(304) 535-4014

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