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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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Lake Waterford Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The distance on the app says that it is only 0.79 miles long but if you go all the way around the lake it is definitely 2 miles or more!!

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Beaver Marsh Trail (Orange Trail) - Elk Neck State Park
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Well, it's not a 4 mile trail unless you loop it twice, so keep that in mind as you head out. The GPS coordinates also lead me to the campground instead of the Rogue Harbor parking area that is the actual trail head. Just follow route 272 into the park and follow the signs for the harbor. Trail head is at the far end of the parking lot by some large rocks. There's a gate for the $3 charge as you enter the area and they were helpful with info and maps.

It was a very well maintained trail and nice markings to keep you on track throughout. You can go either way, but I would recommend a clockwise loop that will have you hitting the beach front portion at the end. Make sure you check tide schedules, though. Apparently this part can be under water at times. You do walk along the beach to get back to connector trail to the parking area, which is the one part of the trail that is not immediately obvious (especially since people have carved their own trail that leads along the water back to camping areas).

There is a variety of habitats throughout. The trail is elevated above the marsh area, so the trail is pretty dry. You get nice views of the wildlife, especially the herons, from above the trail. It was mostly shaded.

The motorboat noise and sounds from the campground pull you away from the natural experience a bit, but there weren't a lot of people around even on a reasonably cool July Saturday.

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Lake Elkhorn
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Not a bad little walk around the lake. They have some nice identification markers up for plants and local wildlife. Very clean and well maintained.

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Burba lake
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Paved, very nice to see during the summer and winter.
Words of advice: avoid the goose poo and don't anger them.

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Soldiers Delight-Serpentine Trail
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15 Completed 2 Reviews

It might only be a long, rocky hike to most people. But if you understand geology and ecology, this hike is amazing.

I decided to hike it in the middle of Summer, which may have seemed like a mistake, but it was a great experience. When crossing the LARGE serpentine field, with nearly no shade and scrub grass all around, I nearly forgot I was in Maryland.

If you are interested in just what makes this place so special, check this out...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldiers_Delight_Natural_Environmental_Area.

There are plants, tress and certain types of rocks/minerals you will only find in areas like this and no where else.

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Oregon Ridge Park Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This a great wooded loop that provides several nice hill climbs and stream crossings. It can get crowded if you go there on a summer weekend. Make sure you know where you are going once on the trail so you can make use of the full loop. If you take a wrong turn you risk missing the best parts of the hike!!

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Gambrill State Park- Green Ash Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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Hashawha Loop, Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Area
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Very nice variety of scenery and habitats--plenty of wild life. A short walk from the nature center is the injured raptor aviary, where you can see some beautiful injured birds (bald eagle, hawks, owls when we were there).
As you get further out on the yellow trail, the markings get a little confusing and don't really seem to follow the map. It is very easy to end up on equestrian trails by accident and make it a longer hike. Fortunately, it is possible to get back to the park through a connector trail. If you make our mistake (you will know you messed up when you have to ford a stream) follow signs to stay on the Lower Trail (reddish colored markers, spanning from red-orange to fuschia). Eventually, you will come across a wooden post on the left with very faint writing that points you down a trail towards the stream. At the bottom of the hill there will be a wooden footbridge that leads you back to the green trail.

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Backbone Mountain
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25 Completed 15 Reviews

Follow the painted "HP's" on rocks and trees from route 219 just south of Silver Lake, WV. (trail head is in West Virginia) The quick and steep accent to Maryland's highpoint (aka Hoye Crest) offers decent views. Recent timbering near the top detracts some from the experience, but there is a nice shady spot at the top to enjoy.

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Northern Central Railroad Trail
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2 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice scenic ride! A little busy, but trail is wide enough you can pass people or they can pass you. joggers, walkers, bikers..Good for everyone!

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