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“Variety and beauty along a river” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
McLean, VA 20175
703 777-0343
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in McLean
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Trails, Sports
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Owner description: Park composed of three seperate trails, perfect for hiking and biking.
McLean, Virginia
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14 attraction reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Variety and beauty along a river”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This trail, which communicates with several others, offers a remarkable variety of flora along the river as well as landscapes that range from gentle and flat to rocky and from dry to wet. Wonderful close in hiking. Spring ephemerals especially lovely- trout lily, spring beauty, trillium, bluebells, pawpaw in flower, Dutchman's breeches, squirrel corn.

Visited October 2013
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Trinidad, California
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“You Could be in the Wilds of West Virginia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Amazing the US decided to leave this stretch of the shore of the Potomac for recreation and inspiration rather than real estate development and exploitation. What foresight! It is rugged in parts, especially between Spout run and chain Bridge- but a wonderful place to explore. Bring a picnic and water and your camera. Great for fishing too!

Visited April 2013
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McLean, Virginia
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“Beautiful wildflowers on the Potomac Heritage Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

There is a terrific section of the Potomac Heritage trail that runs directly under the American Legion Bridge. It can be reached from marked steps on the left side of Live Oak Drive in Mclean where there is parking for 3-4 cars. To get there exit 495 at Georgetown Pike towards DC and turn left at the first light on Balls Hill Road. Take the first left on Live Oak Drive to recross the Beltway and continue to the very end of Live Oak where you can park in the cul de sac and will see the blue Potomac Heritage Trail sign on the right. Walk down the steep stepped trail and cross under the American Legion Bridge for a beautiful walk with many wild flowers in the spring. See the map I added as a photo for directions from 495

Visited May 2013
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McLean, Virginia
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“Nice for a hike along the Potomac through county and national parkland”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail runs for miles along the Potomac River. This review is for the trail in Fairfax County (Virginia) close to Washington, DC, where segments of the trail traverse Fairfax County parkland and the Great Falls National Park. Great Falls National Park has a $5 admission fee for cars and motorcycles that is good for 3 days. Adjacent to or near Great Falls Park, though, are Fairfax County parks with free parking. You can access the trail from those parks and hike into Great Falls National Park. Riverbend Park is closest.

Other trails extend through the wooded hills adjacent to the Potomac River. Those are accessible from the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail at various points.

Visited April 2013
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maitland, florida
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“Beautiful Terrain for Great Hiking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

The weather was perfect. The trails were woodsy, and there was much to see while hiking here.

Visited April 2012
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