Bart Smith Photography

​Walking Down a Dream

Potomac Heritage Trail

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    George Washington's Tomb at Mt Vernon, Virginia
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    Mt Vernon, (George Washington's home), the southern terminus of the Potomac Heritage Trail. Va.
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    George Washington model at Mt Vernon. Va.
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    George Washington,s carriage at Mt Vernon, Virginia.
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    People enjoying Mt Vernon Trail section of the Potomac Heritage Trail, Va.
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    People watching jets take off from Reagan International Airport from near the Mt Vernon Trail.
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    View of Washington Monument from under Willow Tree along the Potomac River
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    Navy Memorial from along the Potomac Heritage Trail, Va.
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    Lyndon Johnson Memorial and distant Washington Memorial. Va.
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    Evening view of Capital Building, Washington Memorial and Lincoln Memorial from across the Potomac River along the Potomac Trail. A huge thank you to the Linden Family who has helped me so many times through the years.
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    Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt on Theodore Roosevelt Island.
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    Stone Obelisk, Part of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on Roosevelt Island along the Potomac Heritage Trail.
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    Jogger along trail around Theodore Roosevelt Island.
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    Georgetown canal boat re-enactors.
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    Georgetown Canal, Washington DC.
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    Fishing Derby along the C&O Canal
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    Operators house and lock gears at Lock 7 along the C&O canal section of the Potomac Heritage Trail. Maryland.
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    C&O Canal Lock 13 under Interstate 495 along the Potomac Heritage Trail. Maryland.
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    High water channel along the Potomac River near Great Falls, Md. (May)
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    Blue Heron reflection by Swains Lock along the C&O Canal section of the Potomac Heritage Trail, Md.
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    C&O Canal Towpath beside the Potomac river. Maryland.
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    Mud Turtles sunning on log in C&O Canal along the Potomac Heritage trail.
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    Turkey Vulture along the Potomac River.
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    Impressive stone work along remnant of the C&O Canal near Seneca, Maryland.
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    Lock 27 along the C&O canal section of the Potomac Heritage Trail, Md.
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    C&O Canal aqueduct over the Monocacy River. Maryland.
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    Soft focus (from double exposure) view of the Potomac Trail
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    Potomac River from Weverton Cliffs overlook. Maryland
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    Autumn day along the Potomac Heritage/Appalachian Trails heading towards Harpers Ferry. Md.
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    Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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    Antietam Creek Aquaduct, Md. Potomac Heritage Trail.
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    Antietam Battlefield at dawn. Maryland
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    Antietam Battlefield memorial near "the cornfield" at sunset. Maryland
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    Antietam Battlefield at dawn. Maryland
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    Burnside Bridge, Antietam National Battlefield, Md.
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    Antietam Battlefield at dawn. Maryland
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    Remnant of Lock 57 operators house along the C&O Canal section of the Potomac Trail, Md.
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    Family of Geese in the C&O Canal. Maryland.
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    Brick work inside the Paw Paw Tunnel along the C&O Canal Towpath section of the Potomac Heritage Trail.
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    Gravestones of chidren who died of cholera which struck Paw Paw Tunnel brick layers and their families. Near Paw Paw Tunnel along the C&O Canal.
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    Potomac River from "The Bends Overlook". A side hike up from the Potomac Heritage Trail.
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    Spring morning along the C&O Canal near Spring Gap, Md.
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    The town of Cumberland along the north branch of the Potomac River. Md.
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    Elaborate Mural decorates street scene in Cumberland Maryland.
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    Western Maryland Steam Train from Cumberland to Frostburg along the Potomac Heritage Trail.
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    The west entrance to Big Savage Tunnel along the Potomac Heritage Trail, Pa.
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    Keystone Viaduct just south of Meyersdale Pa. along the Potomac Heritage Trail
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    Opening Ceremony of Allegheny Passage Trail section along the Potomac Trail, Meyersdale Pa. (2006)
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    Farm scene just north of Meyersdale Pa. along the Potomac Heritage Trail.
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    Red Trillium From Potomac Trail near Harnedsville, Pa.
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    Rock Seep from the Potomac Trail near Garret Pa.
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    Casselman River through trees. Near Rockwood, Pa.
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    Laurel Ridge Trail through rock maze. Pa.
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    "Pssst got any nuts"? Chipmunk peaking from tree hole along the Laurel Ridge section of the Potomac Trail. (Kidding kids, like the sign says DON'T FEED THE CRITTERS)
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    Adirondack type shelter on foggy morning along the Laurel Ridge section of the Potomac Heritage Trail.
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    Peaceful dawn along Laurel Ridge, Pa.
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    Vista of Indian Creek area from the Laurel Ridge Trail. Pa
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    Laurel Ridge Trail section of the Potomac Heritage Trail over Harbaugh Run Creek. Pa.
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    Bart at Cedar Creek Shelter (still being built) along his Potomac Trail thu-hike.
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    Ohiopyle Falls along the Youghiogheny River, Ohiopyle, Pa.
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    Fountain in downtown Pittsburgh Pa.
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    Pittsburgh Fountain, Western Terminus of the Potomac Heritage Trail. Pittsburgh, Pa.
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    Sun setting from western terminus of the Potomac Heritage Trail in Pittsburgh,Pa.

​Summary of the Trail




1983 - Potomac Heritage NST

The Potomac Heritage NST snakes through five physiographic provinces among the lush and historic lanscapes of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.  The Trail was originally proposed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, documented in "Trails for America" in 1966, and added to the National Trails System in 1983.  Today, this Trail is a network of locally-managed trails, including the towpath of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, the Mount Vernon Trail, other trails in northern Virginia and Maryland, and the Great Allegheny Passage connecting Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  This trail network traces places and events at the heart of the Nation's evolution.  Bridging two major watersheds, this Trail's segments guide visitors though a rich combination of natural areas, historic sites and vibrant cities and towns.

(Scherer, Glenn, 2002, " America's National Trails: Journeys Across Land and Time", Guilford, CT: Falcon Press,           pp14 - 17, and the NPS website)