The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST) is an 800 mile network of locally managed
trails along the Potomac River from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to the upper Ohio River basin
in Pennsylvania. The trail system was designated by Congress in 1983 with the goal of linking trail
users to the history, culture and natural beauty of the Potomac River.
Within Prince William County, the trail is planned to link several parks, communities and other destinations including the historic towns of Occoquan and Dumfries, Occoquan Bay and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges, Julie Metz Wetlands, Leesylvania State Park, Prince William Forest Park and the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Current and Recent Projects
Neabsco Creek Boardwalk - In early December, 2017, construction began on a 3,000 foot boardwalk which will span across Neabsco Creek near its confluence with the Potomac River. Not only will the boardwalk serve as an important trail connection, but also be a unique recreational and educational site that will benefit the entire region. Once completed, the boardwalk will connect Rippon Lodge Historic Site, and Rippon Landing Park on the north bank of Neabsco Creek, to the Julie Metz Wetlands and Leesylvania State Park on the south bank.
Construction of the boardwalk will take approximately a year. Neabsco Creek is environmentally sensitive and requires great care be taken to protect the resource. Watch this page for periodic updates as the project moves forward.
Occoquan and Featherstone Wildlife Refuges - Parks and Recreation is working with our partners at the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to construct approximately two miles of trail through the
Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge
anticipated to begin in early 2018. Stay tuned for updates!