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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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White Trail Loop - Rocks State Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We had a pleasant autumn hike along the white trail. We be out our 7, 9, and 11 year old grandsons and we had a really good time. We enjoyed the views and climbing
climbing on the King and Queen seats. The kids enjoyed the imaginative playground. It was a wonderful afternoon.

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Capital Crescent Ramble
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23 Completed 7 Reviews

Great for biking. Can take this straight from Bethesda area into DC with very little difficulty, potential for good speed :o) . Now has pit stops along the way for minor bike repairs (air, chain fix). Also note: if you're biking, be nice to your fellow trail users and let them know when you're passing. I've seen a lot of oblivious people nearly get run over. Has a lovely section that goes through forested area near the canal. Can continue off the trail through DC up to Hains Point if you really want a good ride. Have accessed all sorts of other parts of DC from here, from The National Mall to Union Station to the Zoo.

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Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area Trails
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23 Completed 7 Reviews

Explored Soldier's Delight on a warmer winter day. Took the Serpentine Trail and immediately thankful I wore good boots. The trail was either (1) muddy, wet, and sunken like a dried creek bed, (2) solid ice, or (3) nubby rock depending on where you were. The landscape is eerie and desolate, with scrubby brush, spindly oak, and stretches of grassland interspersed with areas of forest. I kept trying to find beauty in my surroundings -- the grassland really was lovely, with shades of purple, red, and yellow. It almost looked like the land was on fire (interestingly, since the ecosystem is actually dependent on fire). I also reminded myself that the serpentine barren is home to many rare and endangered insects and plants, so it made things more interesting. What I couldn't stand though, were the power lines cutting through the trail, and the constant sound of gunshots in the distance. There's a shooting range nearby, and it makes you feel like you're in a horror movie. I may go back to check out the trails that go near the old mines, or to experience it in another season for trail running.

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Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area Trails
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23 Completed 7 Reviews

Explored Soldier's Delight on a warmer winter day. Took the Serpentine Trail and immediately thankful I wore good boots. The trail was either (1) muddy, wet, and sunken like a dried creek bed, (2) solid ice, or (3) nubby rock depending on where you were. The landscape is eerie and desolate, with scrubby brush, spindly oak, and stretches of grassland interspersed with areas of forest. I kept trying to find beauty in my surroundings -- the grassland really was lovely, with shades of purple, red, and yellow. It almost looked like the land was on fire (interestingly, since the ecosystem is actually dependent on fire). I also reminded myself that the serpentine barren is home to many rare and endangered insects and plants, so it made things more interesting. What I couldn't stand though, were the power lines cutting through the trail, and the constant sound of gunshots in the distance. There's a shooting range nearby, and it makes you feel like you're in a horror movie. I may go back to check out the trails that go near the old mines, or to experience it in another season for trail running.

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Billy Goat Trail
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23 Completed 7 Reviews

One of my favorite trails to date, but heavily used. Go very early if possible. Have hiked the rocky part in both directions and in all seasons. Surprisingly pleasant in winter. Just wear lots of layers. In summer, bring PLENTY OF WATER since the rocks aren't shaded. I always bring a snack too, and now use my Camelback so my hands remain free to scramble those rocks to my heart's content. A few spots are tricky, but you can adjust the difficulty by which routes you take (some cliff edges, and almost completely vertical crevices are tucked away here and there for a challenge). Lots of spots to hang out and take in the view. One side note: if you're going from the rocky trail back toward the canal path (or vice versa) via the woods, be careful in the summer. I ran into Stinging Nettle. Ouch.

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Patapsco River - McKeldin Area Trail
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18 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice walking and getting away from the traffic and people.

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Billy Goat Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

The view was beautiful! On the hike back we did have a run in with a rattle snake so watch where you step!!

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Parkers Creek Loop, American Chestnut land Trust
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Well maintained and marked; this trail provides variable scenery and elevation.

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Billy Goat Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Fun and convenient to get to. Go on a weekday if you can, when I went there was a long line to get across the river. I was standing there forever.

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Calvert Cliffs State Park 5 mile loop
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Easy trail. Both my daughters first hike. Offers an excellent opportunity to compare marshes and swamps. Beaver dam and many signs of wildlife for young kids' environmental education. Muddy during rainy periods. Often crowded. Go early for peace, quiet and bird watching. Bald eagles seen often. Lovely way to experience southern Maryland in just a few hours.

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