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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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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).

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

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Great views! Easy trail :)

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Best trail I've been on in the area so far. Not for the casual walker... Steep climbs, scenic views, however there is no way off the trail once you start... Take water. Overall def worth the drive there!

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Taking dogs on the trail is very difficult due to the large boulders that must be scaled. This is a beautiful trail with moderate difficulty. There is a large 30-40 foot wall that must be climbed at about a 50-60 degree angle.

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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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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,

Samuel Oddo

"Great Falls"
https://vimeo.com/84266611

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