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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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Deborah Barber (131)

5 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 (1130)

68 Completed23 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 (110)

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 (56)

1 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 :)

Christopher Morris (85)

3 Completed3 Reviews

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!

Kim B. (101)

Matt Price (108)

3 Completed2 Reviews

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.

Emiliano Pineda Bosque (110)

3 Completed2 Reviews

Victoria Henderson (61)

1 Completed1 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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