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Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Description: Citizens in the Potomac Heritage Trail corridor are rediscovering history and reclaiming access to rivers and other outdoor places. The designation of a Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail corridor in 1983, an amendment to the National Trails System Act, is being used by communities in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania to develop and make connections among trails, historic sites and a range of recreational and educational opportunities.
Four trails are currently recognized as segments of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail: - the 184.5-mile C & O Canal Towpath between Georgetown (in the District of Columbia) and Cumberland, Md., managed by Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park;

- the 17-mile Mount Vernon Trail in northern Virginia, managed by George Washington Memorial Parkway;

- the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail between Ohiopyle and Seward, Penn., managed by Laurel Ridge State Park, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; and

- the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage between Cumberland, Md., and Ohiopyle and between Pittsburgh, Penn., and Ohiopyle, managed by an alliance of organizations and agencies.

Many other existing and planned trails--in southern Maryland, Northern Virginia, the Northern Neck, and District of Columbia--contribute to the concept of the National Scenic Trail.

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Post Office Box B
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Phone: Visitor Information 202-619-7222 Visitor Information 301-739-4200 Visitor Information 703-289-2500 Visitor Information 412-455-3744 Visitor Information Recorded Message 888-ATA-BIKE

Detailed web page for Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Map

Recreational Opportunities

Educational Programs
Horseback Riding
Restaurant/Snack Bar
Museums/Visitor Center
Water Sports
Winter Sports
Wildlife Viewing

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