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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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Gambrill State Park- Green Ash Trail
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

Well marked, first goes downhill, then has four decent inclines. Nice overlook near the end by the FDR/CCC memorials.

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Soldiers Delight-Serpentine Trail
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11 Completed 1 Reviews

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Cascade Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Cascade Falls Trail can be found by crossing the swinging bridge into Howard County and continuing behind the parking lot. The falls are about 1/4 mile from the swinging bridge.

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Prettyboy Reservoir: CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Trail
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

The address given for this trail, 2724 traceys store rd, is bad. it leads to what looks like a trail but it is on the side of someone's yard. A sign at the roadside says no hunting fishing trapping or trespassing. Go a little further up the rd and there's probably a five car parking area. From there you can take a few trails around the water. No markers and due to the bad winter weather, there are many trees down on the trails. Went there yesterday, 4/10.

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White Trail Loop - Rocks State Park
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54 Completed 17 Reviews

I just did the trail a few days ago and the weather was great. The trail itself is very nice, but the King & Queen's Seat is amazing. For the area there really isn't anything else like it that I am aware of. The foot traffic on the trail wasn't heavey, but there is road access not far from the King & Queen's Seat so people skip the hike and do lunch at the rocks, which makes for a crowded experience. Regardless of the crowds it is quite worth it!

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Catoctin Mountain Park 8-mile Loop
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Our pace beat the estimated 4 /34 hours, more like 3.5, and that's stopping for lunch. Not a bad loop, though follows the road a bit too much for my liking. Didn't realize the western vistas are right next to Camp David. Glad we went in early spring, because on our way down we saw a lot more people, and the parking lot was full.

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Ballenger Creek Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Was a good starter trail for my 3 year old. It is a mile long, mostly runs along a creek, area of access to the creek, and has a small hill in the back part of the trail. The only set back was that a quarter of the trail was mud, two sections of which were calf deep. (mud section is on the back half of the trail by farmland, before the hill) Hopefully they can fix the water issues with that section of trail.

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Gambrill Yellow Trail and Others
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Good campsite at the bottom. Went with my wife two weeks before our wedding, had the trials virtually to ourselves. Perfect bit of exercise before a glamping style dinner

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Patapsco Valley State Park: Glen Artney / Avalon / Orange Grove / Hilton Areas
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

First time at this park and found lovely hiking trails along the river and a babbling brook. For a workday there were a surprising number of people there, so I expect weekends could get crowded. Nonetheless, very pleasantly surprised by the several waterfalls, rushing scenic river and nice trails. Will definitely go back and explore more trails.

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Smallwood State Park Campground
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

Camped a weekend here and it was a wonderful experience, even though it rained the whole time. Staff at the gate was very nice and helpful. Rangers waved as they drove by once in a while to make sure everything was OK. There were only 3 cabins occupied during our stay, so the park was empty. We took a stroll to the water-it has some nice views. Didn't have a chance to hike to the south as it was raining pretty bad. The cabin was clean, had a heater and AC, outside light, inside lights,electrical. The fire pit was OK. Wood is available for purchase close by; honor system. Overall we had a good experience camping at Smallwood. Perhaps next time the weather is better! One note: this is not a big park, so perhaps it's not a good place for a long hike, but for a weekend getaway with some conveniences-it's perfect!

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