Trails within the Potomac Heritage Network
The following resources are organized from the highest elevations in Pennsylvania to the lowest elevations in Virginia, Maryland and DC.
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, 70 miles, Ohiopyle - Seward, PA, within Laurel Ridge State Park, Pennsylvania State Parks (click on "maps").
Download a map for the Laurel Ridge Cross-Country Ski Area from the Laurel Ridge State Park Web site. 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
Eastern Continental Divide Loop (PDF; 2.6 MB): A brochure/map for a developing 150 mile +/- network of paddling, hiking, backpacking, rafting and bicycling trails in Garrett County, MD, and Somerset County, PA, including a portion of the Great Allegheny Passage. For more information see Garrett Trails "Do the Loop" and Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources sites.
184.5 miles, Georgetown, DC - Cumberland, MD, managed by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, National Park Service.
(.5 MB; PDF; 15.5 x 16.5 in.; 2010) Side B of a brochure, the map illustrates a route for hiking on trails and sidewalks in DC, as well as bicycling routes in DC and Virginia. Hiking guides for three sections of the CWDW Trail in DC provide detailed guidance and historical context: Tenleytown Metro/Fort Reno-Fort Totten (2014); Fort Totten-Minn. Ave. Metro/Fort Mahan (2018) and Fort Mahan-Fort Stanton/Anacostia Metro (2018). Contact the Civil War Defenses of Washington coordinator for more information.
Southern Maryland PHT (On-Road) Bicycling Route
Between Oxon Cove Park (adjacent to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge) and Point Lookout, including a 27-mile, signed route in Prince Georges County (PDF; 4.3 MB; 2016), connecting parks, public landings and historic sites including Fort Washington Park, Piscatway Park and the National Colonial Farm; Smallwood and Saint Clement's Island state parks; and Leonardtown and Historic Saint Mary’s City.
Virginia Piedmont (PDF; 14 MB; 2016), various PHT 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 within George Washington Memorial Parkway (PDF; 40 MB; 2017), a 10-mile footpath between the trailhead for Theodore Roosevelt Island (and the Mount Vernon Trail) and Live Oak Lane (adjacent to the American Legion Bridge/I-495), including a parking area within Scott's Run Nature Preserve.
Southern Fairfax & Prince William Counties, Virginia (PDF; 5.5 MB; 2016), a developing PHT network between Mount Vernon Estate and Locust Shade Park (in s. Prince William County), including Mason Neck and Prince William Forest Park; 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 nor lanes for bicyclists.
State Online Trail Resources
Last updated: December 1, 2020