Plan Your Visit

Kayak paddling down a misty river
Kayaking on the upper Potomac River

Photo Credit: NPS/Briggs

 

Getting Started

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a diverse, evolving network of trails and routes embracing portions of five geographic provinces and two major watersheds. Between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Plateau in western Pennsylvania, the PHT network lies within parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Use these pages to plan your next hiking, biking, riding or paddling adventure and explore the lands and waters that George Washington considered essential to the development of the Nation.

 
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail trail marker at a trail head.

Basic Information

The PHT network spans the corridor between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Plateau in western Pennsylvania.

A map of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network

Explore the PHT network

Trails and routes between the Allegheny Plateau and the Chesapeake Bay

Unpaved trail in a late fall, wooded setting. Leaves are off the trees. (Photo Credit: Amy Allen)

Things to Do

The PHT network offers family-friendly and educational opportunities in addition to outdoor activities.

A leaf-covered hiking trailhead at Laurel Highlands.

Along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Views and pictures of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in western Pennsylvania

The universal accessibility logo

Accessibility

The National Park Service is committed to making our parks and trails accessible to all visitors.

A kayak paddles across the water at dusk

Safety

Be safe in and along rivers, and help maintain our resources along the PHT network!

 
Potomac Heritage NST trail marker on path
The Potomac Heritage NST network is increasingly being marked with blue blazes and the official Trail marker.

Photo Credit: NPS

Basic Information

Start planning your visit! Learn about PHT segments, ideas for itineraries, maps and events.

 
Map of Potomac Heritage NST
Map of Potomac Heritage NST.

Photo Credit: NPS

Directions and Transportation

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

Explore the PHT network further on Google Earth with a KMZ file available for download.

 
Bicycle resting against fence along the PHT network
Bicycling is a popular activity along the Potomac Heritage NST.

Photo Credit: NPS

Things to Do

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail offers family-friendly and educational opportunities in addition to outdoor activities like hiking, bicycling, paddling, and cross-country skiing. Curious about Junior Ranger programs along the network? Or wondering where different passport stamp locations are? Check out Things to Do to learn more. The PHT is waiting to be explored by you!

 
Water Safety on the Potomac
Kayaks rest along the shores of the Potomac

Photo Credit: NPS

Safety

Be safe in and along rivers, and help maintain our resources along the PHT network! Learn more about what you can do to keep yourself and our resources safe here.

 
Accessibility along the PHT network
The National Park Service strives for accessibility nation-wide.

Photo Credit: NPS

Accessibility

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail along with the National Park Service are committed to making our parks and trails accessible to all visitors. Learn more about accessibility along our trail network here.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage NST Office
P. O. Box B

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone:

(304) 535-4014

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