Explore the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail corridor is filled with history, culture and outdoor adventure. The Trail network embraces both shores of the tidal Potomac River; the escarpment within the Nation’s capital; and trails within the Piedmont and the Blue Ridge; and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. Bridging the Eastern Continental Divide, the Great Allegheny Passage traverses the Allegheny Plateau to connect with the Forks of the Ohio and the Laurel Highlands. The evolving Trail network offers opportunities for hiking, bicycling, boating, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. These pages provide a means to explore the network by region and by activity and to tell us about your experiences.

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Native American and Industrial History in Williamsport

Williamsport is an important stop along the internationally known Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. Whether you are exploring the C&O Canal Towpath or looking for an authentic town to discover, you will want to stop and explore Williamsport. Williamsport, Maryland was located along the heavily traveled “Indian Trail” and occupied by the Iroquois, Delaware, Catawba,
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Cultural Tourism DC Walking Tours

Everyone knows about the Smithsonian, the White House and shopper-friendly Georgetown, but where can you experience the rich culture of DC neighborhoods and a bit of everyday life? Cultural Tourism DC, an independent coalition of more than 230 culture, heritage and community organizations, encourages metro-area residents and visitors to explore the authentic culture of the Nation’s
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Brief Jaunt through Maryland History

This short Civil War loop explores a portion of Washington County between Antietam National Battlefield and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Beginning at the Battlefield Visitor Center, pedal past Dunker Church on the historic Hagerstown Pike. Cross Sharpsburg Pike onto Mondell Road toward the Potomac River. After crossing under the railroad tracks, make
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Kinsale/Sandy Point Loop

Kinsale is a historic village on the Yeocomico River, a tributary of the Potomac River. The idyllic community is flush on the water with a historic landing for steamships, and it is the perfect starting point for an easy, scenic 30-mile tour by bicycle. The Kinsale Museum has visitor information and exhibits on the history
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Heathsville Bicycling Loop

This 32-mile bicycle loop covers Heathsville and the Bush Mill Stream State Natural Area Preserve. Founded in 1648, Heathsville is the county seat of Northumberland County, named for John Heath a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While in Heathsville, tour the historic jail, the Historical Society visitor center and peruse the several antique,
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Explore the Port Tobacco Historic District

Can’t decide if you prefer a walk, a bicycle ride or an excursion on the water? An exploration around the Port Tobacco historic district provides opportunities for all three. Near La Plata in Charles County, Port Tobacco was once the second largest city and deep water port in Maryland, importing goods from Europe and exporting
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Stratford Hall/Currioman Landing Loop

Connecting with the Potomac River, this short 16-mile bicycling loop is a ride through area history and a glimpse into what childhood was like for General Robert E. Lee. For those who bring their fishing or paddling gear, there is water access at Currioman Landing.Begin at Westmoreland State Park where you can camp or stay
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Reedville / Vir-Mar Beach / Smith Point Loop

Explore 28 miles of the easternmost portion of the Northern Neck, including the fishing village of Reedville, dozens of inlets and a beach. For an extended tour on the Chesapeake Bay, hop on a cruise to the Tangier Island. This loop begins in Reedville, founded in 1874 by Elijah Reed who moved his menhaden fishing
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