Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail: Turkey Run Park to Roosevelt Island! A Moderate to Easy Side of Strenuous 9 Miles with Rock Scrambles!
Fairfax and Arlington counties are the close-in home of a far-out trail endowed with river views, touches of wilderness, waterfalls, rock scrambling, relics, and solitude.
Here is your chance to both sample the second longest trail east of the Mississippi river (after the AT) and experience what proselytizer Bruce Glendening calls “one of the best urban-area hikes east of the Mississippi.” The sample consists of the 9 mile long Potomac Heritage Trail (PHT) secreted in the George Washington Memorial Parkway’ broad right-of-way along the Potomac River between the Capital Beltway and Theodore Roosevelt Island. This is a 9 mile hike with about 1,300 feet of elevation change including a front-end piece of Turkey Run and there can be some muddy places so hiking boots are recommended. This is not a sneaker hike.
Nearby City: Washington, DC
Length: 9 Miles
Scenery: River views, woodlands, waterfalls, sites of historical interest
Skill Level: This hike falls between moderate and easy side of strenuous due to challenging rocky terrain in places. There are also fun rock scrambles!
Trail Surface:Mostly dirt, with extensive rooty, grassy, rocky, muddy stretches if recent rain; one rocky gorge with handrails; some pavement
Elev. Gain: 1300 feet
Trail Type: Point to Point
Facilities: Toilets, water, phone off-trail at Turkey Run Park; toilets, water off-trail on Roosevelt Island.
We hike rain or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below.
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Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to where we meet for the car shuttle.
Hike Meetup Time is 9:30 a.m. to shuttle to the start of hike.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which helps ensure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike Only with Leader Approval due to Rock Scrambling. Please contact the leader so you can make an informed decision about bringing your dog.
Let's have good times and see you on the trail! PLEASE take a leaders phone number with you in case you have any difficulty locating our group!