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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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Gunpowder Falls State Park: Jerusalem Village Trail with Jericho Covered Bridge Trail
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46 Completed 13 Reviews

The trail was easy to find and well marked. It follows a stream and has pretty views along the trail. However, you never feel like you are miles away from everything because there are plenty of houses and roads in view.

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Hashawha Loop, Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Area
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16 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful Hike in the Winter with snow covered grounds.

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Scenic Savage Mills Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Decent trail- mostly flat and paved with some unpaved trails that went closer to the river and had more inclines. The entire trail follows the Patuxent River which provided some interesting views but also goes under I-95 and often seems like your in the backyard of several neighborhoods.

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Billy Goat Trail
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25 Completed 3 Reviews

An excellent 4 mile moderate to strenuous hike with a few interesting rock scrambles and nice views of the Potomac. The Visitor Center warns hikers about one of the rock scrambles which is definitely a bit challenging but manageable if you take your time. We completed the hike in 2 hrs. After completing the Billy Goat trail, it is worth taking a quick 10-15 minute side trip to the Falls (you will see signs a few minutes from the Visitor Center). We went on a Friday morning and it was moderately crowded. We heard there was a one hour wait the next day so we suggest taking this hike on a weekday or early in the morning.

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Savage Park Trails
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a network of loops that I've hiked numerous times (it's near home). It's a nice mix of forest and river-side hiking. The trails are well maintained and marked, though I think the overlapping the green and blue trails for multiple loops makes it more confusing than necessary. There is a parking lot, trash, toilet, and info board facilities at the trail head on Vollmerhausen Rd.

This trail is used mostly by dog walkers (residential neighborhoods are nearby), hikers, and trail runners. There are few mountain bikers. I like to start by taking the west side of the Red trail where you see the river on both sides as you follow the ridge line down to the river.

I know this as Wincopin Trails which I like better than the Savage Mill/Savage Park trails on the east side of the river.

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sweathouse branch GFSP: west side
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Most of the trails are wide, clear, and well blazed. We hiked clockwise and lost the trail on the west side after crossing the creek, but picked it up later. Next time I'll go CCW. The interior loops allow you to shorten or lenghten your trek without too much backtracking. Not crowded, especially once you get away from the parking lot.

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Catoctin Mountain Park 8-mile Loop
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Very good , with the two and a half hour drive, will go back again. Dogs enjoyed it for sure, albeit that was they first real hike so we had to bail after seven miles, but no regrets, we will be back and go to it backwards next time so we can see the rest, get a map and bring hiking poles or a good strong stick the hills are steep

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Cascade Falls Trail
by Rick Brown

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice moderate trek along the creek that dumps at the falls. A bit crowded with hikers, dogs, and cyclists on a nice early Spring day, but my 15-year old, my dog, and I enjoyed it.

The directions on this site are no good. The top end of the trail is actually located on Landing Rd, north of Rockburn Branch Park, at Grovemont Drive. The bottom end (Falls end) is accessed from Patapsco Park Avalon Area, as others have mentioned. Once you enter the park, go left at the T-intersection and head all the back to the last parking lot.

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Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area Trails
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

I have hiked here for a number of years, and there are parts of this hike that I really like and parts that I am not crazy about. First, the good. I like the open areas with the different grasses, scenic views, and interesting "serpentine" rock that lines the trails. There are wooded sections of the trail that are also very scenic, and there is enough elevation gain here and there to make it a decent workout. On the negative side, there are ugly high tension lines passing through a section of park, and the trail can become extremely sloppy and muddy in winter or after heavy rains. All in all, it's an interesting worthwhile hike.

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Piney Run Park Trails
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16 Completed 11 Reviews

Nice easy hike for all. Bush trails big clean and opportunities to do other activities like kayak, canoe and fish

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