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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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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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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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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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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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Overlook Trail
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

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Gold Mine Loop Trail
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19 Completed 1 Reviews

I took the dogs and dogs are not allowed on the Billy Goat Trail portion of the hike which goes along the Potomac. It still was a very nice trail and we managed to get in 5 miles. The Overlook Trail is definitely a must to get some views of the Potomac below - particularly when there are not leaves on the trees. There tend to be a lot of people that visit this area.

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Billy Goat Trail
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5 Completed 2 Reviews

Moderate scrambles, great views of the Potomac.

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Billy Goat Trail
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9 Completed 3 Reviews

Excellent trail & challenge! The earlier you go, the better.

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Billy Goat Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I took my dog there for the first time and I took her on trail A which dogs aren't allowed to go on but my PitBull puppy(4monthsOld) did it like a champ she climbed up the side of the mountain and jumped over rocks I know she had a blast and will be doing it again with her

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