Potomac Heritage Trail

Important Notices

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The Potomac Heritage Trail is a 10-mile portion of the larger Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, contributing to the vision of an 825-mile trail series between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Highlands. This section of the trail winds along the quiet water of the Potomac River for 10 miles, between Live Oak Drive and Theodore Roosevelt Island. The pedestrian only footpath crosses Turkey Run and Dead Run, two of the area’s pristine streams, as well as several islands and a variety of historic sites. More than 150 species of birds have been recorded here. The trail can be accessed from eight sites that are indicated on the Potomac Heritage Trail brochure available from the National Park Service’s George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Note: Restrooms on the Theodore Roosevelt Island close for the winter, usually from October to April. During this time a portable toilet is located near the restrooms. Additional restrooms are available at the other parks/ nature centers along the Potomac Heritage Trail.


The southern terminus of the Potomac Heritage Trail can be found at the north end of the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot. Additional parking lots/ trail access are available along the Potomac Heritage Trail at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Gulf Branch Nature Center, and Turkey Run Park. There is no parking available at the northern terminus of the trail at Live Oak Drive.



Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: National Park Service, George Washington Memorial Parkway: 703-289-2500, gwmp_vssouth@nps.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Potomac Heritage Trail (as reported to eBird)

  • American Robin
  • Common Grackle
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Chimney Swift
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Barn Swallow

Seasonal Bird Observations


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  • Picnic
  • Restrooms