TRIP IDEA

Bike, Paddle and Hike the Potomac River Corridor in Southern Maryland

Multiple Parks

A map illustrating the places referenced in the trip idea
The Southern Maryland PHT Bicycling Route, part of the Adventure Cycling Association Tidewater Potomac Heritage route, takes you through scenic areas while making connections among historic sites, parks, towns, trailheads and water trail launch/landing sites--an experience that brings you close to the rich culture, history and ecology of the corridor. The activities below suggest a continous route using different self-powered modes of travel; you might want to hire an outfitter to assist with shuttles and, at certain times of the year, make reservations for overnight camping and lodging. For other trip ideas in the region, visit our Southern Maryland activities page and the visitor information site for St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert counties.
    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Road Biking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Saint Mary's County, Maryland
    • Duration: 4–10 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    group of bicyclists on a road in Southern Maryland with a glimpse of the Potomac River

    Bicycling on a section of the Southern Maryland PHT On-Road Bicycling Route between Point Lookout and Leondardtown, MD

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Paddling
    • Pets: Yes
    • Duration: 1–2 Days
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    a curving concrete pathway and green border along water with a sloping kayak launch

    Paddle approximately 12 miles from Leonardtown to Colton's Point via kayak or canoe, stopping at Newtowne Neck State Park. The trip is mostly on Breton Bay, but joins the Potomac and the mouth of St. Clement's Bay near Colton's Point.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Road Biking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    view from a bluff with a cemetery in the foreground and with a creek and forest in the distance

    For those seeking to explore Southern Maryland or to travel the extent of the Potomac Heritage NST corridor, bicycling and paddling, combined with some short hikes, are the best self-powered ways to experience the area. The 38-mile bicycling route between Colton's Point/St. Clement's Island Museum and Port Tobacco (or vice versa) is part of the Adventure Cycling Association "Tidewater Potomac Heritage" map set.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Douglas Point Special Recreation Management Area
    • Duration: 1–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    view of trees along a sandy shoreline

    Take a two-mile walk from the parking area to the Potomac River within Nanjemoy Special Recreation Management Area.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Road Biking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Port Tobacco Historic District - Smallwood State Park
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    historic red brick buildings with historic marker

    Port Tobacco Historic District and Smallwood State Park provide a contrast in landscape diversity, and travel between them is a fine bicycle ride. This route is part of the Adventure Cycling Association Tidewater Potomac Heritage Bicycling Route.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Road Biking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Duration: 1–2 Days
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    view of a wooden boat ramp, shoreline and water

    The on-road bicycling route between Smallwood State Park and Oxon Cove Park makes connections with parks and historic sites.

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Last updated: March 22, 2018