As envisioned, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail will extend 830 miles from Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Highlands to the mouth of the Potomac River.
The trail corridor takes you across the Virginia tidewater, through the nation’s capital, along the route of the early railroads and deep into Pennsylvania. Along the way, the scenery, history and economic evolution of the nation come into focus.
Several legs of the trail already exist. You can hike or bike the Mount Vernon Trail, the C&O Canal Towpath and the Laurel Highlands Trail. Picnic in Riverbend Park, Prince William Forest Park, or Piscataway Park.
Canoe or kayak the Potomac River and the upper Ohio. Watch the river meander past Washington’s Virginia residence and thunder over Great Falls.
Eventually, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail will link the mountains with sea, providing a continuous bridge across geography and history.
For now, you can imagine and enjoy this American mega-trail from many scenic spots along its length.