Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a partially developed trail running through Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia; it will be 710 miles long when completed. This trail, which is made up of gravel, asphalt, and natural surfaces, is based out of the National Park Services' main headquarters in Washington D.C. You can hike, bike, or paddle your way along the trail as it takes advantage of several existing trail systems to connect people to wildlife, history, and culture. Officials have divided the trail into eight different sections that you explore separately, or you can complete the whole thing in one epic adventure. 

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Consider starting your adventure in the C&O Canal Towpath section, where you can explore Civil War sites and go hiking, biking, and camping. Then, continue to the Great Allegheny Passage, where the biking is particularly fantastic along the Cumberland Coast. Next, you can explore the Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia and take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Then, travel to southern Maryland and the Northern Neck of Virginia, which are great places to go bird-watching. Complete your adventure by following the trail through Washington, D.C., and western Maryland. 

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How To Get To Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

You can access the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail at many different locations along its route. In Washington, D.C., it is easy to reach the trail headquarters from the National Mall by heading south on 14th Street Southwest. Turn right on Independence Avenue Southwest and left on Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest. Make a slight left onto Maine Avenue Southwest and keep to the right to get on Ohio Drive Southwest. Continue straight to get on East Basin Drive Southwest. Turn left back onto Ohio Drive Southwest, and the headquarters will be on your right. 


Trail Headquarters, 1100 Ohio Drive Southwest, Washington, DC 20242

Fee: Entry fee $0

Once completed, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail will cover 710 miles and go through multiple states along its course. Many trails are already available for hiking, and more will be completed in the future. Until that time, this is not a through route, so bring your RV to make moving between trails comfortable. You will enjoy having a relaxing place to rest between hikes, bike rides, and paddling adventures.