You can download a map of the PHT network used in the official NPS brochure (2015, 8.9 MB) as well as a KMZ file of the network. For a map of the National Trails System, visit the resources section of the Web site created for the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act in 2018.

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

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

A 73-mile section of the Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail between Ohiopyle, PA, and Cumberland, MD, managed by the Allegheny Trail Alliance.

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.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath

184.5 miles, Georgetown, DC - Cumberland, MD, managed by Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, National Park Service.

Civil War Defenses of Washington Trail

(.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.

Northern Virginia

Our partners at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) maintain the most up-to-date map of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST) within the Northern Virginia region. This map includes information on the Loudoun County, Arlington/Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Prince William County sections of the PHNST. Please visit the NVRC Potomac Heritage Dashboard for more information.

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.

Mount Vernon Trail, 17 miles within George Washington Memorial Parkway, between the trailhead for Theodore Roosevelt Island/PHT and Mount Vernon Estate.

A brochure on the Woodlawn Historic District (PDF, 8.5 MB; 2017) explores the many layers of history in this area of southern Fairfax County and illustrates walking and bicycling routes connecting George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill, Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House, hotels and associated sites.

Northern Neck of Virginia

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.


Regional Maps

State Online Trail Resources

Last updated: February 27, 2024

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
c/o Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
142 W. Potomac St.

Williamsport, MD 21795


This phone will reach the main line for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Contact Us