9.7 miles
Distance
117 ft
Climb
-152 ft
Descent
265 ft
High Point

Heritage Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Sterling
    , Virginia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #102837 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This is known as the Potomac Heritage Trail and this section runs from the Algonkian Regional Park to the Riverbend Park. The beginning consists of a nice gravel trail that quickly transitions into flat singletrack. Once you have passed the golf course you will be forced to climb or hike-a-bike a for a short bit. There is a fair amount of steep off camber terrain so be careful whether you are walking or biking. The steep (off camber) traverse section will return to a descent until you are back alongside on the Potomac. you can follow it all the way to riverbend park with a few more interesting features including short climbs and descents packed with challenging tree roots.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Heritage Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -34 ft
  • Altitude min
    162 ft
  • Altitude start
    196 ft
  • Altitude end
    161 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -10%
  • Grade min
    9.3%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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on Jul 5, 2020
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      Heritage Trail Trail Reports

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      Jul 5, 2020 @ 9:04am
      Jul 5, 2020
      Sections are quite overgrown with weeds. Pants and long sleeves advised. Also a tree was down.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 8 miles avg distance
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      LiveTheDMV (Jul 5, 2020 at 7:12)
       This trail is pretty tough. I started from River Bend and went West, and there's a lot of walking your bike up steep sections. Several of the descents have steep steps with roots and you have to keep an eye out for the odd rock in the middle of the trail. When you reach the flatter section, the path is about a foot wide bud pretty badly overgrown with weeds and small trees. Be sure to wear long sleeves and pants because you'll definitely get scratched up otherwise. If you're looking for a pretty remote challenge, go for it, but this is definitely better suited for hiking.
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      • + 1
      Agumabay (Aug 22, 2020 at 7:33)
       Update from August 20th - This a great trail boarding amazing views of the Potomac River. You will pass grand mansions, water sub-stations, over looking bluffs, and lots of wildlife. The trail has a combination of features from open gravel to single track to wet roots, to rock gardens to extreme climbs to extreme downhills to narrow gaps to vegetation overgrowth. I would classify the trail at 30% beginner, 50% Intermediate, with 20% being very technical for experts riders only.
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      • + 1
      SixShooteR32 (Sep 19, 2020 at 19:59)
       Thank you for adding such a concise review! Quite the fun track!
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      Exploring the Potomac Heritage Trail for the...
      1:31:45 | 160 | Mar 7, 2020 , Sterling
      Scoping out this trail for the first time
      6:41 | 134 | Mar 7, 2020 , Sterling
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