Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
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The NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS PLANNING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MOUNT VERNON TRAIL SECTION OF THE POTOMAC HERITAGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL
The National Park Service (NPS) is holding a virtual public meeting on plans to improve the Mount Vernon Trail and the south section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which parallels the PHNST/Mount Vernon Trail. The Mount Vernon Trail is a section of the greater Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. The improvements will improve safety and address maintenance needs along the trail and parkway. For more information visit the NPS project website.
- Virtual public meeting to be held on December 6, 2023. For more information, visit the project meeting notice website.
NVRC has completed Corridor Analysis studies in 2011, 2015, and 2022 to offer synopses of existing and planned segments for the PHNST in Northern Virginia, including relevant information on amenities, accessibility, events and activities, and other key corridor components. The 2022 Corridor Analysis builds off of findings from NVRC’s 2022 Health, Social Equity and Economic Impact Study (see below) which show that completion of the PHNST network could provide important public health benefits and improve tourism, business development, and trail infrastructure for underserved communities. As such, the 2022 Corridor Analysis is structured to help NVRC and relevant stakeholders progress projects and programming that address connectivity and related goals with an expanded focus on existing trail features, including physical attributes, accessibility, and amenities along the trail.
Components of the 2022 Corridor Analysis are incorporated into the dashboard (see above) through interactive online maps. A written report is also available with additional information on the study's methodology, future trail priorities and needs, and project funding resources.
2022 Health, Social Equity, and Economic Impact Study
NVRC Roles & Responsibilities
NVRC has provided planning and management for the Northern Virginia section of the PHNST since the 1990’s, including support prior to Congressional designation. In 2014, management stakeholders, the National Park Service, NVRC, and other relevant partners signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize collaboration, completion, and promotion of trail segments in Northern Virginia. An updated MOU was signed in 2019 to include new management stakeholders and confirm associated roles to oversee and host the trail. NVRC also currently supports the PHNST through a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service to lead trail data and mapping activities, special studies, and sponsor enhancement grant funding for trail construction activities in several jurisdictions.
Memorandum of Understanding Among Trail Partners in Northern Virginia - This memorandum updates a 2014 agreement among trail managers and coordinators representing local, state, regional, and federal partners who host and promote the trail.