Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail to Chain Bridge

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This trail along the Potomac River passes by waterfalls, wildlife, and a few great spots for fishing.

Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail through forest, hill and valley landscapes, as you follow along the river, itself. Starting at Roosevelt Island, you can hike as far as 8.4 miles roundtrip to Chain Bridge, with great views along the way.

Make sure to check the Potomac River water gauge ahead of time, in case the trail may be flooded in some areas.

Photo Credit: Fritz Flohr Reynolds and dancingnomad3

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
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Activities:

Fishing, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

8.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

300 Feet

Features:

Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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