United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. Potomac River Map By Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 05/15/17 Share Pin Email potomacriver.org The Potomac River runs over 383 miles from Fairfax Stone, West Virginia to Point Lookout, Maryland. It affects more than 6 million people who live within the Potomac watershed, the 14,670-square-mile land area where water drains towards the mouth of the river. This map shows the location of the river and its watershed area which spans across several geological regions including the Appalachian Plateau, Ridge & Valleys, Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. The main stem plus all major tributaries totals 12,878.8 miles making the Potomac River the 21st largest in the United States. The main tributaries of the Potomac River are North Branch, Savage River, South Branch, Cacapon, Shenandoah, Antietam Creek, Monocacy River, and Anacostia River. The Potomac empties into the Chesapeake Bay downstream. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit See Maps of the Chesapeake Bay: Rivers and Access Points See a Map and Learn About the Geography of Maryland 16 Best Attractions in Southern Maryland 10 Best Road Trips in Virginia Kayaking in Washington, D.C.: On the Potomac River & Beyond Seneca Creek State Park: The Complete Guide Explore the Outdoors: Recreational Activities Near Washington, D.C. Best Places to Visit Near Washington, D.C. Best Places to See Fall Colors in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC The Best Beach in Every State Golden Gate National Recreation Area: The Complete Guide The Best State Park in Every State Where to Go Kayaking in California 12 Best Things to Do in Virginia 20 Great Small Towns Near Washington, D.C. The Best Monuments and Memorials in Washington, D.C.