Bicycling and the PHT network

Visitors bike down the C & O Canal Towpath.
Visitors bike past a lockhouse along the C&O Canal Towpath.

NPS Photo / Monica Larcom

National scenic trails in the National Trails System are characterized primarily as footpaths, or foot and equestrian routes. Due to the topography of the PHT corridor and historic transportation facilities, the PHT is evolving as a network in which bicycling is a prominent way to explore the corridor. Below are some links to suggestions for bicycling trips, developed through a project to illustrate the connections between PHT segments and the communities and sites throughout the corridor.

Great Allegheny Passage & Eastern Continental Divide

C & O Canal Towpath & vicinity
Northern Virginia
Southern Maryland
Northern Neck of Virginia

Plan an overnight or a through-trip

To explore the diversity and breadth of the PHT corridor by bicycle, consider the following:
And of course one might consider the reverse and a variety of other options, including a multi-modal tour of the PHT corridor to add some hiking and paddling. Some resources not included above:
Please contact us with additional suggestions.

Last updated: May 22, 2018

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