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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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Soldier's Delight Eastern Loop Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

This loop was pretty disappointing to be honest. Extremely muddy, I'd say at least 75% of the loop was either muddy, deeply rutted, iced over or running water like a stream. It was after a small snow melt but there's also power lines and townhouses so never got the feeling of being "away from it all". If not for the unique ecosystem and landscape it would have been a bust of a hike.

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Jerusalem Mills to Harford Road
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

You can actually start at either end, which is convenient. There's a parking lot at Jerusalem Mills and also one just south of where US-1 (Harford/Belair Rd) crosses the Little Gunpowder. Just like the shorter trails that start and end at the Mills, it's moderately hilly and rocky, which obviously makes it more difficult for the faster stuff (like running or biking). You can't really get lost, but it's easy to end up on the wrong loop and go a lot farther than you planned, so pay attention to the blue and white markings.

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Gunpowder Falls State Park: Jerusalem Village Trail with Jericho Covered Bridge Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great trail all-around. You can take short or medium loops or a long out-and-back to Harford Rd (which is listed as a different trail). There's a huge field if Fido still needs to catch a frisbee when you're done. I haven't seen anyone mention mountain biking, but people do bike it. It's very rocky and hilly, though, so not great for beginners. The only negatives are that the lower parts tend to be a bit soggy, and when the rocks are all covered in leaves, it can be a bit treacherous for a trail runner's ankles.

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Sugarloaf Mountain: Blue Trail Loop
by Aaron Firouz

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Very nice, peaceful hike within an hour's drive from DC. 1/19/2015 and the trail was pretty muddy and a little icy at places, but manageable without crampons on anything. Only had a couple views, but they were beautiful. Not too strenuous; the whole loop took us about 3 hours at a leisurely pace with a dog. We only passed a handful of hikers in the mid-morning, but saw a *lot* more cars as we ended around 1PM.

Be aware that the color for the trailblazers changes a little at one point; it seems like they were re-painting some of them, but it turns into a much lighter shade of blue, and even though they keep the rectangle shape, it took us a few minutes to make sure we were still following the right trail.

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Billy Goat Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

A good, moderate hike for those who want something more challenging than the trail A (that's mostly a walking trail ), but not as difficult as something like Old Rag. I've hiked this trail multiple times now and I love it! A good way to get sweaty and do a little rock scrambling to some wonderful views.

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Billy Goat Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I have been hiking the BGT since I was a little girl.... it still takes my breath away, especially in the Spring and Fall. Pluses: stunning views of the Potomac River, good wildlife especially my favorite great blue herons, some technically challenging parts but mostly up and down rocks with plenty of opportunity for rest, well marked, many hikers so you won't get lost. Minuses: no dogs : (, many hikers.

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Annapolis Rocks
by Damaged Chaos

1 Completed 1 Reviews

It had wonderful views. Peaceful

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pvsp hilton area
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44 Completed 12 Reviews

I completed this hike in January, which made some of the sections more challenging. There was a steep rocky incline that could be more dangerous when it is icy or muddy. I also had to cross the iced over river at one section, which I would not recommend.

Overall, the hike was really nice. It was not too crowded and was well marked. I would recommend printing out a map before you go. The parking lot to for the Hilton loop is located at 1101 Hilton Ave, Cantonsville, Md.

Happy Hiking!

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Annapolis Rocks
by Damaged Chaos

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great view!

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Annapolis Rocks
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

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