Potomac Heritage Trail: Lansdowne Section is a 10.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leesburg, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.3 miElevation gain206 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningRiverViewsWildlife
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This section of the Potomac Heritage Trail is a section that runs through the Lansdowne community. It is disconnected with the rest of the trail network but future efforts seek to connect it from DC along the Potomac to Leesburg.

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Chris LoGrasso
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Mountain biking

Super easy trail for kids starting to mountain bike. A couple crossovers near the golf course need to be observant of the golfers

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Amy Zhao
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Hiking

Misleading marker, muddy, narrow.

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Angie Baugus
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Hiking

It was pretty muddy and slippery today. The trail is great with the exception of the golf course! Just when you think you’re in nature five golf carts are right beside you.

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Andria Snyder
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Hiking
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Carol Granada
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Hiking
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Francesca Savoia
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Hiking
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Andria Snyder
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Hiking
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Oscar Lizama
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Walking

I liked the trail

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Stacey Taylor
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Hiking

Lovely trail, not muddy today at all. Just a few spots where vegetation was tall but easily move through and see path. Nicely shaded, minimal trash - saw a couple pieces- nothing like I expected from previous reviews. Enjoyed the bridge crossings and small creek crossings. You don’t get your shoes wet. Went off path about .5/mile before end saw a beautiful doe about 20 yards from us having lunch. Went mid day and not too hot. Decent amount of other hikers but everyone was super courteous and friendly when passing. Loved the smell of fresh nature and the water flow.

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Daphne Allison
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, narrow but well marked. There are parts where you walk over bridges attached to the golf course, don’t let the snobby golfers tell you you’re on the wrong path!

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Click McFlick
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Hiking

Nice, hard-pack single track through some interesting terrain. The cons outweigh the pros however: 1. Lots of trash on trail, particularly close to the river, including gross stuff like used TP. 2. Much of the trail was adjacent to a golf course (we almost got beaned by a golf ball). 3. Very narrow/ grown over in some spots, having to wade through grass, poison ivy, etc. yup, picked up a tick. Bottom line, nice walk, but there are better hikes in the area.

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Lynn MacDonald
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Hiking

It was ok. Well marked, but it was a narrow trail along a golf course. Wasn’t thrilled with the trash on the trail.

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Barbara Hernandez
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HikingMuddyNo shadeOff trailOver grownPrivate property

The trails is difficult to navigate you have to go through private property and a public road. It was completely over grown. Not scenic at all.

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E S
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HikingOver grown

Most of the trail is great. But there is a ~1 mile section by the golf course that is pretty over grown. Once you get past that you get a nice shady hike with a view of the river.

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Liz O'Neal
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Hiking

Peaceful easy hiking trail. Low traffic with some ambient noise from people on the river (rafting, eating/drinking/playing music along the bank) but overall quiet and not crowded. Most of the hike is shaded; there is a bit of overgrowth but the blue markers keep you on track. The initial trail head near the bridge was a little difficult to find (blue markers were covered by overgrowth). We accidentally crossed the bridge and walked 3 miles along the other side of the river — technically on private property, and realized we could not cross the river again without going back to where we started. Our favorite part of the hike was aprox 1.5 miles in — big field of tall stark pine trees that reminded us of The Pacific North West. A little odd that the trail brings you into and around a golf course but too.

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Rolando Ray
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Mountain bikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

It’s more of a bike and hike trail.

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Jessica Atkinson
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Hiking

Easy trail, within the trees so mostly shaded which is nice. You walk along the Potomac but do have to walk on part of the golf course, but not much. Would be a good trail to run on as well!

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Paul T.
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HikingMuddy

Nice easy and steady trail along the creek and river. Fun for the family.

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Tori Riccelli
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RunningMuddyOver grown

Good for running, easy to follow trial markers and relatively flat. Gets flooded/muddy easily (I have seen some parts completely impassible at times under water)- would wait 2-3 days after a rain to go out depending on what section. Also wear tick repellent- some sections overgrown. Otherwise beautiful being by the water- some really giant trees along the way and good bird life (not a birder, but I've seen woodpeckers around, blue jays, etc)

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Steven Hannah
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HikingIcyMuddy

Start at Bles park and walk between the ball fields. Through the park and to a residential road. The “trailhead” starts about a. 1/2 mile in. Easy walk and defined and blazed (blue) path. Golf course on one side and river on the other. Best sights are past the turn up Goose Creek. Not challenging, and was not looking for that, but good distance.

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