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“Variety and beauty along a river”

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in McLean
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Owner description: Park composed of three seperate trails, perfect for hiking and biking.
McLean, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Variety and beauty along a river”
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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United States
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“You Could be in the Wilds of West Virginia”
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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1 Thank RangerDanS
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McLean, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Beautiful wildflowers on the Potomac Heritage Trail”
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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4 Thank Frank B
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maitland, florida
Level 6 Contributor
328 reviews
191 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
“Beautiful Terrain for Great Hiking”
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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Thank mpeacock_10
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ny/nj
Level 6 Contributor
192 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“great hiking close to Washington D.C.”
Reviewed March 25, 2007

we were on our way to the DCA airport and saw signs for
Potomac Heritage Trail, we were fairly early for our flight so we took a look around. Nice walking trails, and picnic facilites.

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1 Thank loislaneNy/nj
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