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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.

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Recent Reviews

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North Point State Park Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

Easy trail with both human history and natural history interest. The Nature Conservancy of Maryland (where I work) has developed an audio tour that you can take with you on the trail to better understand what you are seeing at points of interest along the way. (see link)

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Billy Goat Trail
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5 Completed 5 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)

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Sugarloaf Mountain: Blue Trail Loop
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful views at multiple spots! A little rocky but overall a very nice hike with well marked trails. Suitable for all ages. Can't wait to go back and explore the other trails at Sugarloaf!

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Calvert Cliffs State Park 5 mile loop
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Too many kids. Just saying.

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Oregon Ridge Park Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Not sure who created this particular "trail", but there is more than just one trail here. The Yellow Loop is the longest. There are also a Blue and a Red trail. The Yellow Loop does cross over a creek four or five times so be prepared to go from rock to rock in order to make your way across. It's a beautiful hike and many people go with their dogs.

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Lamb's Knoll/White Rocks
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68 Completed 23 Reviews

Nice evening hike. Pretty view. It's nice to see the Piedmont Plateau from a different angle. Another jaunt-like hike completed :)

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Old School House - Holly Tree Loop, Wye Island
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Wye Island is a great place to go for a walk on the shore. We did the longer version of the loop which comes back by the Holly Tree (which really is pretty big!).

There is a very secluded area about half-way out to the water on this trail which is an open meadow area surrounded by newly planted trees and forest. A great place to eat your lunch.

We've done it with the entire family (12,10,6,2) and the trail was wide/easy enough for the jogging stroller the entire way.

The only hitch was when we stopped for water on top of a tick nest and found ourselves with 30+ on each of our legs after ~1 min of stopping! A little bit of freak-out from the younger ones but was fine after we kept moving.

They bush-hog all the trails on the island but this is done on an ad-hoc basis without prior-planning (I called to find out) so hitting them right after being mowed (which is the best time) will be a bit of luck.

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Calvert Cliffs State Park 5 mile loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I've seen it called a moderate hike, definitely not. It was easy. nice trails will maintained. perfect for the family or beginner just getting into hiking.

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Cunningham Falls Nature Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Is surprising to me that most of my friends living in MD do not know about this place. It's just a quick getaway from DC and has some really nice trails to hike or trail run. nice cozy spots to camp as well. would definitely recommend if you just want to getaway for the weekend.

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Sugarloaf Mountain: Blue Trail Loop
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

A peaceful and beautiful trail/mountain. Parking in a bit limited but it's worth the visit. Try to get there super early if you want to beat the crowd. Plan to go back to Sugarloaf soon. Suitable for all ages.

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