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Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

An ImageThe Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is a network of locally-managed trails between the mouth of the Potomac River and the Allegheny Highlands. Through five geographic regions, the varied Trail segments are a means to explore the origins and continuing evolution of the Nation. To date, 830 miles of existing and planned trails have been recognized as segments of the Trail network. Learn more about this developing trail system (PDF).

Visit Potomac Heritage Explorer, a suite of itineraries providing a portal to various Trail segments and a wide range of outdoor experiences. While exploring, please remember that your actions can affect the future of local trails: Follow "Leave no Trace" principles, respect private property, and support the businesses along that help to sustain resources and provide recreation, food, restrooms and lodging.

Water Trails and the Potomac River: - "Blueway" maps are available for the southern, middle and western reaches of the Potomac River and for some tributaries. Below are links to maps and other information.

Southern Reaches (DC to Chesapeake Bay)

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Middle Potomac

Upper Potomac

Land Trails

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Caption: The Potomac Heritage Trail through Veteran's Park in Prince William County

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The following Web sites have more information on non-motorized trails and access points along the Potomac.

Do you know of other trails we should feature? Send the web address or a PDF of the trail map to Jennifer Wampler.

Agritourism Offerings in the Watershed

American Scenic Byways along the Trail

State Parks along the Trail

Bureau of Land Management Recreation Areas

National Parks near the Potomac River

National Wildlife Refuges near the Potomac River

Historic Homes, Museums and Visitor Centers

Plans and Studies


Commonwealth of Virginia

Northern Virginia

Stafford and King George counties

Northern Neck