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Potomac Heritage Trail is a 11.6 mile out and back trail located near Bethesda, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,053 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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1 month ago

I started at the McLean trailhead off of Live Oak Dr (you can park around the culdesac) and hiked all the way to Arlington/Roosevelt Island. Overall I 21.6 miles (either lost gps for two miles or I accidentally paused my recording and didn’t resume recording for about 2 miles). I believe the trail is closer to 21 miles as I did get off trail a little and had to hike back. Anyway, I would not hike all the way down to Arlington as the trail gets pretty trashy (literally) and smelly. But I would hike to Key Bridge and back and maybe do turkey run trail on the way back to make it more loop-ish.

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2 months ago

Bottom of Turkey Run stairs started recorded. Hike started at American Legion Bridge

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Sun Jul 03 2016

Nice trail within reach of Washington DC. The trail is hilly when you start at Chain Bridge and head west and eventually flattens out as it runs by the river. The trail was well marked and ran along side GW Parkway for a short distance and at one point you have to cross a road. The trail starting from about 3 miles west of Chain Bridge looked less used as there were many trees that had fallen across the trail that you had to climb over. At one point, within about a mile from Chain Bridge, you have to cross a stream by hopping stones if you don't want to get your feet wet. Overall an enjoyable hike and not very crowded, especially if you go earlier in the morning.

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