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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.

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Katrina Gagliano (82)

2 Completed2 Reviews

A good, moderate hike for those who want something more challenging than the trail A (that's mostly a walking trail ), but not as difficult as something like Old Rag. I've hiked this trail multiple times now and I love it! A good way to get sweaty and do a little rock scrambling to some wonderful views.

Alexia Prochnicki (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I have been hiking the BGT since I was a little girl.... it still takes my breath away, especially in the Spring and Fall. Pluses: stunning views of the Potomac River, good wildlife especially my favorite great blue herons, some technically challenging parts but mostly up and down rocks with plenty of opportunity for rest, well marked, many hikers so you won't get lost. Minuses: no dogs : (, many hikers.

Neal Gallagher (245)

5 Completed2 Reviews

Moderate scrambles, great views of the Potomac.

Daphne Gassett (289)

9 Completed3 Reviews

Excellent trail & challenge! The earlier you go, the better.

Roberto Ricaurte (72)

1 Completed1 Reviews

I took my dog there for the first time and I took her on trail A which dogs aren't allowed to go on but my PitBull puppy(4monthsOld) did it like a champ she climbed up the side of the mountain and jumped over rocks I know she had a blast and will be doing it again with her

Deborah Barber (133)

6 Completed5 Reviews

One of my very favorite spots, I'm lucky to have had the chance to go there many, many times. Billy Goat trail section A (the most chellenging) is on Bear island, which is co-owned by the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy (where I work). Please note that the beginning (north end) of Section A was re-routed a few years ago to enhance views and visitor safety. This end is actually more difficult now (so people know what they're getting into sooner). TNC has developed an audio tour and map that you can take with you on the trail to better understand what you are seeing--check it out! (see link)

Bryan Kluth (1558)

77 Completed30 Reviews

Fun. Nice views of river. Not as much rock hopping as I expected. Go on a weekday morning for almost no traffic.

Jane Doe (111)

7 Completed3 Reviews

Great trail! Section A truly deserves the name billy goat-- you will constantly be hopping from one rock to another. That said, it requires more effort than a typical trail stroll, and may tire less active people out, but it's certainly do-able for most and not dangerous. There are also tons of boulders overlooking the Potomac, great places to sit for lunch or enjoy some solitude if you find a more hidden one.

Section B is far more leisurely, functioning as more of a casual nature stroll. The views are certainly not as good, but the scenery is still lovely.

Doing both trails came up to about an 8 mile loop, starting on the canal at Great Falls tavern (easy poi for the gps if you plan on parking).

Jon Gluck (157)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful trail, made it almost to the end but then ran out of water. Doubled back to the midway and headed back.

Ana Cubillo (59)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great views! Easy trail :)