Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Overview

The 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. 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.

Activities vary by regions; check with the local communities and park officials in the areas you plan to visit for detailed activity information.

Map

Seasonality / Weather

Facilities within the Trail corridor are extensive. Operating hours vary and some facilities are open seasonally. Please check local sources of information.

Directions

Driving: 

The map of the Trail network provides an overview of Trail segments and locations relative to major highways, population centers and national parks.

Flying: 

The Trail network is served by four major airports: Baltimore-Washington, Reagan National, Washington Dulles and Pittsburgh.

Public Transport: 

Public transportation options in many portions of the Trail corridor are extensive, including:

AMTRAK Capital Limited and Cardinal routes, making connections to Fredericksburg, VA; Alexandria, VA; Washington, D.C.; Cumberland, MD; and Pittsburgh, PA
MARC and VRE regional commuter train service (with a MARC connection to BWI International Airport)
Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) trains and buses (including options to transport bicycles on both), with connections to Dulles and National airports
long-distance commercial bus services, leaving near Union Station
local bus services