Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

If you’re looking for an exciting place to visit this summer, look no further than the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. These beautiful pathways are a network of diverse trails and routes that embrace five portions of geographic provinces such as Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. There are 830 miles of trail networks to explore along with a portion of the Rappahannock River watershed located in Virginia as well as the Potomac River. Traveling along these many trails provide rich history and culture such as the first settlements located along the Tidewater Potomac. The amount of history and things to do here are almost endless.

Hiking opportunities are one of the best ways of experiencing the history and beauty of the trail. Bring a pair of binoculars to do some bird watching. There are several to spot here. Also, if you happen to spot a fawn, make sure to not disturb it. The mother has more than likely just gone to graze and the fawn will not move until its mother returns. Pack a picnic and spend the day exploring on the many trails. For more information regarding the hiking trails, visit http://www.nps.gov/pohe/planyourvisit/hiking-guide.htm.

Along with hiking, there are ample bicycling trails available. So load up your Manassas RV and your biking gear and head out. Some of the trails are the Northern Neck Heritage Trail, the Mount Vernon Trail, the Southern Maryland route as well as the Great Allegheny Passage. Contact the Adventure Cycling Association in order to get a complete set of the Tidewater Potomac Heritage biking route maps. Before you go, alert a friend or family member to where you’re going and a time you will be back. Use caution and make sure to wear protective gear.

Spend the morning paddling through the Youghiogheny River Water Trail. Part of this river runs through Pennsylvania’s deepest gorge right before plummeting to Ohiopyle Falls to an exciting set of rapids. This spot has become world-renown for attracting whitewater paddlers from all over. There are many waterways to explore. Whichever way you decide to discover these gorgeous trails, whether by biking, on foot or paddling, your friends at Reines RV encourage you to play safe this summer.

Image by Bureau of Land Management via Flickr Creative Commons

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