Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network

NPS 2015

View and download a map of the PHT network (2015, 8.6 MB), download a KMZ file to see the PHT network in Google Earth (1 MB), and take a look at the Trail Atlas.

Trails within the Potomac Heritage Network

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, 70 miles, Ohiopyle - Seward, PA, within Laurel Ridge State Park (click on "maps").

Laurel Ridge Cross-Country Ski Area (PDF; 6.4 MB; 2013) Weaving through a portion of the corridor for the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, the brochure/map illustrates a network of exceptional trails for all abilities.

Great Allegheny Passage, 150-mile rail-trail, Cumberland, MD - Pittsburgh, PA, managed by the Allegheny Trail Alliance, of which the section between Cumberland, MD, and Ohiopyle, PA, is recognized as a segment of the PHT network.

Eastern Continental Divide Loop (PDF; 8 MB): A developing 150 mile +/- network of paddling, hiking and bicycling trails in Garrett County, MD, and Somerset County, PA, including a portion of the GAP; linked map is a draft--see Garrett Trails "Do the Loop" and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources sites for more information.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath , 184.5 miles, Georgetown, DC - Cumberland, MD, managed by Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service.

Civil War Defenses of Washington Trail (1.1 MB; PDF; 15.5 x 16.5 in.; 2010) Side B of a brochure, the map depicts a route for hiking on trails and sidewalks in DC, as well as bicycling routes in DC and Virginia. A hiking guide for a route between Tenleytown Metro/Fort Reno and Fort Totten provides details and historical context.

PHT On-Road Bicycling Route in Prince Georges County, Maryland (PDF; 4.3 MB 2014) The route connects parks, public landings and historic sites between Oxon Cove Park/Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Marshall Hall, including Piscatway Park and the National Colonial Farm; obtain a brochure at the Fort Washington Park Visitor Center.

Virginia Piedmont (PDF; 14 MB; 2016), various Trail segments between White's Ferry and the American Legion Bridge (I-495) in eastern Loudoun and northern Fairfax counties (connecting with the PHT trailhead within George Washington MP--see below). Obtain a brochure/map from Visit Loudoun or contact us. To volunteer on trail projects, contact the Potomac Heritage Trail Association.

Potomac Heritage Trail: 10 miles within George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service, between I-495/Live Oak Lane and the trailhead for Theodore Roosevelt Island/northern terminus of the Mount Vernon Trail (see below); also see a draft map (June 2017) of the same trail in full color and with more information.

Mount Vernon Trail, 17 miles within George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service, between the trailhead for Theodore Roosevelt Island and Mount Vernon.

Southern Fairfax & Prince William Counties, Virginia (PDF; 5.4 MB; 2016) A map of the developing PHT network between Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens and Locust Shade Park (in s. Prince William County), including Mason Neck. Please contact us with corrections and suggestions.

Fredericksburg & King George and Stafford counties, Virginia (PDF; 1 MB; 2016) A map of existing, planned and potential PHT routes and related resources, including the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail, based on a memorandum of understanding executed in January 2017.

Northern Neck of Virginia (PDF; 4.9 MB; 2014) The map side of the Northern Neck Heritage Trail Bicycling Route Network brochure, available from the Northern Neck Tourism Commission. Please note: Sections of Route 3 in Westmoreland County are used by vehicles traveling at high speeds and do not include shoulders or lanes for bicyclists.

Regional Maps

Parks and regional trails in the Potomac River corridor between the Piedmont and the Paw Paw Bends (2 MB reduced file size; 15 1/2 x 16 1/2 print version) A base map for an area often fragmented by state boundaries. Click on "contact us" to request the production files.

Southern Maryland PHT On-Road Bicycling Route (PDF; 2011) Developed for use on a "rack card," the regional locator map depicts a 150-mile route for bicycling between Point Lookout and Oxon Cove Park (i.e., Woodrow Wilson Bridge & DC-MD line). The route is part of a map set published by Adventure Cycling Association.

State Online Trail Resources

Maryland Trail Maps and Guides

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Explore Pennsylvania Trails

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation

Cultural Tourism DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails

Last updated: June 19, 2017

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Potomac Heritage NST Office
P. O. Box B

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-4014

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