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Potomac River Water Trail - Maryland and Virginia shorelines, from Washington DC to confluence with the Chesapeake Bay
Potomac River Water Trail
The tidal stretch of the Potomac River passes through a landscape rich with history before flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Historic Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, George Washington's Birthplace, the site where Maryland was founded and the colony's first capital, Robert E. Lee's family home, Point Lookout – these are some of the many sites along the Potomac River Water Trail.

The Potomac River Water Trail helps you explore this almost 100 mile route the original way – by water. Along the way, experience the Potomac's natural areas and wildlife, and parts of the region that seem little changed from earlier times.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Obtain a water trail map and guide in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions.

Hours: Hours and seasons for public launch sites vary. Consult the map and guide for details.
Fees: Many sites along the Potomac have user fees. Check with the site manager in advance.

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