Billy Goat Trail

Potomac, MD
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Billy Goat Trail is comprised of three sections of trail locatednear Potomac, MD featuring beautiful wild flowers and scenic river views. The trail is used for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and walking. It is demarcated by blue blazes and is accessible year-round. Protected by NPS and TNC.

Section "A" (1.7mi; 3.7mi loop via Towpath) is the most popular and arduous section requiring scrambling over angled rocks, boulders, and climbing. Section "B" (1.4mi) is rated as moderate. Minimal rock scrambling is required. Section "C" (1.6 mi) is also rated as moderate.

Section "A" is accessible via the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center on MacArthur Blvd (ample parking). Access Section "B" via the towpath at Old Anglers Inn on MacArthur Blvd or Carderock off of Clara Barton Pkwy. Access Section C via Carderock off of Clara Barton Pkwy.

$3.00 Individual Pass. Good for three consecutive days for individuals coming into the park on foot, horseback, or bicycle.

$5.00 Vehicle Pass. Good for three consecutive days for one vehicle, including motorcycles.

$20.00 Annual Pass. Good for one year from the date of purchase in Great Falls Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park Headquarters Office
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740-6620

Park Headquarters 301-739-4200
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center 301-767-3714

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I took friends from out-of-town on this trail. They couldn't believe they were so close to Washington DC. It is beautiful any time of year.

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30 Completed 6 Reviews

This is definitely one of my favorites in the area. It can get very crowded on a nice day, but it comes with the territory around DC. The nearby views of the falls are great, and the Billy Goat Trail is a short but challenging alternative to the flat and kind of boring C&O Canal.

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My colleagues and I have produced a cinematic feature that delves into the majesty of Great Falls, Virginia.

Enjoy,

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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike, especially with kids because they can scramble around on rocks instead of just walking. We usually go when it's cold out so haven't seen much in the way of crowds. Also the trail to the left as you cross the canal is less-crowded.

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17 Completed 11 Reviews

A very nice trail, but quite close to everything in Washington DC, so if its a nice day and you don't arrive super early, prepare for some ridiculous crowds. The rock scrambles can be tough and kind of annoying in places, but it was fun and very beautiful. Just make sure you arrive as early as possible.

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8 Completed 8 Reviews

This trail is a blast! Can get very crowded on a nice day. Great views of the river below and the trail on the opposite side. You have the ability to get off the trail at several different points so there are lots of options for distance. It is very rocky and there are several places where you have to climb or descend steep areas.

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Matt Tooley

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8 Completed 2 Reviews

We tried to hike it on a Sunday morning. Potentially a great trail, but it was busier than going to a shopping mall. You need good shoes on this trail as it goes over a lot of rocks. We are going to try and hike during a less busy time of the year.

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Paulette Aniskoff

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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Great trail that is challenging for the DC area. Nice views of the river. My only complaint if how crowded it is - the weekends are just packed.

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8 Completed 4 Reviews

Got to enjoy this with a crew of various skills. Though it wasn't that difficult for me, it was enough of a challenge to make for good exercise, especially on a hot day. The friends who were along definitely enjoyed all the vistas.

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Billy Goat trail was awesome! I hadn't hiked in awhile but I was visiting my boyfriend who lives in DC and he took me here. I broke in my new hiking boots, got to climb some rocks, got to see some killer views, and got a few pictures of the eagles/hawks/cranes perched around the area.
Definitely not an easy trail because of the rock terrain but if you're relatively physically fit, you won't have a problem :)

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