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Billy Goat Trail

Potomac, MD

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Trail Running

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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Recent Reviews

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Sugarloaf Mountain: Blue Trail Loop
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

Super crowded at entrances, not terrible on the trail.. we beat the storm!

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Number Nine Trolley Trail
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

One of my favorite little easy-peasy trails. Start at Edmondson Ave., meander down to the coffee shop at the other end, stop for refreshments, and walk back.

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Annapolis Rocks
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

We got to the area late the night before and stayed at Brunswick Family Campground, not to far down the road. Definitely we will be back there, good atmosphere! The trail was somewhat crowded, saw a lot of through hikers. Overall good hike, all forest until you get to the overlook. Near one of the "trail mother" cabins so the trail is in very nice condition but roped off where the forest has been damaged at the overlook.

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C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

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Chimney Rock Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Great trail, check the map and make a plan, this park has great alternate routes that are longer or shorter based on what you are looking for. The trail is well maintained and steep in places, but there are no sections where I would worry about kids doing more then skinning their knees.

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Cunningham Falls Nature Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Great trail, on the plus you can navigate a good three wheel all terrain stroller the whole way from park central to the bad road crossing right before the falls. No other stroller will make the trip! this is a over six or seven trail to me, you will be mule before the hike is over. I take my kids with me when ever I can and there are a few tough sections.

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Thurston Griggs to Appalachain Trail to Black Rock
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a very rocky trail at times so be ready with good boots, I hiked it today in flip flops and I do not recommend doing it that way again. I read a review that said this .9 trail to the Pogo campsite was a 15-20 min hike. Don't believe it, I hike a lot and plan to post a lot now that I have joined. This is a rough and rocky hike, not for kids under six or seven, it is not a dangers trail but the rocks require judgment in how you clime and more so in the decent. I was only trying the trail to see if it would be good for my girls so I went about 2 miles up then came back down. The camp ground and spring are cool, the mutable stream crossings are nice, but again not for young kids. I found a pair of mermaid sunglasses on the trail that I am sure were lost when some little girl fell down on the footing.

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Prettyboy Reservoir Hemlock Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked this yesterday Took the white trail to the right first, it ended at somebody's property so you just turn around and come back. Lots of deer droppings. Walked back and took the white trail to the left. Make sure to watch for the markers. One minute, every fifth tree was marked and the next, none. Hiked down toward the river bank since it was still trail. Ground cover got pretty thick and decided to just go up. Took what ended up being a trail past a large section of rocks with a cave. Work your way up to the fire road if you get thrown off and you'll be fine.

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Cat Rock Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked this trail today, decent workout on the way up. if you are in it just for exercise outdoors, its fine. If you are in it for the view, its nothing spectacular. Walked to the top of the rock pile at the end, view was ok but again, not breathtaking. Time for completion, 1 hr and 45 min. Would have finished sooner but legs were cramping on the way down.

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Gunpowder Falls State Park-Hereford
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

Hiked here about three weeks ago. Recommend the trails off of the left parking lot . The trail below the right parking lot is narrow in places along the bank and portions of the trail are washed out. Vegetation is dense at your lower legs so watch for poison ivy, oak and check for ticks. Recommend taking the other, higher trail which is on your right, before the bank trail. More of an incline but no washed out banks to deal with and less vegetation on your legs.

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