Plan Your Visit

Kayak paddling down a misty river
Kayak on the Potomac River

Photo Credit: NPS/Briggs

 

Getting Started

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail website provides the necessary resources and tools to explore the PHT network. Use these pages and links to plan your next hiking, biking, riding, or paddling adventure!

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a diverse network of trails and routes embracing portions of five geographic provinces and two major watersheds. Between the mouth of the Potomac River at the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Highlands in western Pennsylvania, the Trail network lies within parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Experience a rich variety of historic and natural landscapes and retrace the corridor that George Washington considered essential to the development of the Nation. Get started by finding your best route to a trail in Directions.

Then, find out what there is to see and do (Things to Do). From planning a hiking or paddling trip, to rock climbing or visiting historic sites, to collecting Passport stamps with kids - adventures throughout the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail await!

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

Basic Information

Start planning your visit! Operating hours, fees and passes, weather and safety, find downloadable guides and itineraries, maps, and events.

A map of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network.

Directions & Transportation

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

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.

The National Park Service turns 100 in 2016!

NPS Centennial with the PHT Network

Celebrate National Park Service Centennial events with the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail all year long.

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
Potomac Heritage NST is marked with trail markers and blue blazes.

Photo Credit: NPS

Basic Information

Start planning your visit! Learn about operating hours, fees and passes, weather and safety, find downloadable guides and itineraries, maps, and events here.

 
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!

 
The National Park Service turns 100
The National Park Service celebrates turning 100 in 2016!

Photo Credit: NPS

Centennial Events

Join us as we celebrate the National Park Service turning 100 years old on August 25, 2016! In honor of this centennial we will be planning exciting events for you all year long!

 
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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