Things To Do

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHT) is a diverse network of trails and routes embracing portions of five geographic provinces and two major watersheds. The "Things to Do" section includes more information and additional links to explore the PHT network, and a KMZ file that is available for download, provides a window into the network through Google Earth.

 
Sunrise along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Sunrise along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Photo Credit: Thomas Mann

Explore the Trail Network by Region
This is a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with the PHT network or are looking to explore a particular region of the corridor.

 
Potomac Heritage NST in Washington, D.C.
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail in Washington, D.C.

Photo Credit: Thomas Mann

Explore Segments of the Trail Network
Discover the individual Trail segments that make up the length of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

 
Fourth graders walk along the C&O Canal
Fourth graders participate in the Every Kid in a Park initiative on the C&O Canal

Photo Credit: NPS/Stromberg

Family Friendly & Kid Activities
This is the best place to start planning your next trip if you are looking for some great family-friendly activities along the Potomac Heritage NST. From the Every Kid in a Park initiative to our Junior Ranger programs, there is something for everyone in your family.





 
Hiking boots sitting on a rock
A pair of hiking boots rests on a rock.

Photo Credit: NPS/Zielinski

Hiking
Hiking opportunities along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail are extensive and one of the best ways to experience the beauty, history and culture of the Trail network.

 
A bike resting along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Biking is a popular way to experience the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Photo Credit: NPS/Guell

Bicycling
Learn about the bicycling opportunities available along the network.

 
Kayaks along the Potomac River
Kayaks along the Potomac River

Photo Credit: NPS

Paddling
Paddle through history by way of the Trail corridor. Discover areas explored by American Indians, John Smith, and George Washington.

 
Snow covered trail along the C&O Canal
Winter along the C&O Canal

Photo Credit: NPS/Lin

Cross-Country Skiing & Other Winter Activities
The fun only increases once the snow falls along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. With tons of miles of cross-country skiing along the Trail, enjoy popular Trail activities year-round!

 
Volunteers measure soil erosion along the Potomac River
Volunteers measure soil erosion along the Potomac River

Photo Credit: NPS

Get Involved & Volunteer Opportunities
Love the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and want to help maintain it for the enjoyment of everyone? There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with local groups and make a difference!

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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