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Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

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 and attractions including the historic Town of Occoquan, 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

  • Occoquan and Featherstone Wildlife Refuges - Parks and Recreation is working with our partners at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire trail right-of-way through Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge which would allow the PHNST to pass through these pristine public lands.

  • Neabsco Creek Boardwalk - Parks and Recreation proceeding with design and engineering phase for the future construction of a 3,000’ boardwalk across the Neabsco Creek near its confluence with the Potomac River.  Once constructed, this boardwalk will connect Rippon Lodge Historic Site and Rippon Landing Park on the north side of the Neabsco Creek to the Metz Wetlands and Leesylvania​ State Park which lie on the south side of the creek.  This boardwalk will not only serve as an important part of the PHNST and as a connection between existing parks, but will also be a recreational amenity and educational tool that will benefit the entire region.



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