For the first time since leaving the mouth of the Potomac at Point Lookout, the Potomac Heritage Trail enters suburbia. Still, the route does not leave the river or experience of nature behind. Thanks to early and innovative conservation efforts — like Piscataway, established to conserve the view from ount Vernon across the river — the trail route is an interesting show of the urban-rural interface. Yes, there are houses and cars, but there also are significant leafy scenes and waterfront parks. And the network of conservation lands owned by the National Park Service, Maryland and Prince George's County, offer plenty of opportunities taking the long stretches of the PHT off-road in the future. Parks along the way include Fort Washington, Potomac Waterfront Conservation Area, Riverview Park, and stream valley parks following Piscataway and Henson creeks.
Start: Entrance to National Colonial Farm in Piscataway Park
Fort Washington Park
Henson Creek Trail
Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm
Last updated: July 7, 2017