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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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Billy Goat Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Taking dogs on the trail is very difficult due to the large boulders that must be scaled. This is a beautiful trail with moderate difficulty. There is a large 30-40 foot wall that must be climbed at about a 50-60 degree angle.

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Overlook Trail
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Billy Goat Trail
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Billy Goat Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I took friends from out-of-town on this trail. They couldn't believe they were so close to Washington DC. It is beautiful any time of year.

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Blockhouse Point Loop
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39 Completed 11 Reviews

The scenery on this hike was pretty. It's dog-friendly and has a creek that crosses the path. That being said, the trails were really confusing to follow. It intersects a busy road twice and was not well marked.

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Billy Goat Trail
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30 Completed 6 Reviews

This is definitely one of my favorites in the area. It can get very crowded on a nice day, but it comes with the territory around DC. The nearby views of the falls are great, and the Billy Goat Trail is a short but challenging alternative to the flat and kind of boring C&O Canal.

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Billy Goat Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

My colleagues and I have produced a cinematic feature that delves into the majesty of Great Falls, Virginia.

Enjoy,

Samuel Oddo

"Great Falls"
https://vimeo.com/84266611

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Billy Goat Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike, especially with kids because they can scramble around on rocks instead of just walking. We usually go when it's cold out so haven't seen much in the way of crowds. Also the trail to the left as you cross the canal is less-crowded.

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Billy Goat Trail
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17 Completed 11 Reviews

A very nice trail, but quite close to everything in Washington DC, so if its a nice day and you don't arrive super early, prepare for some ridiculous crowds. The rock scrambles can be tough and kind of annoying in places, but it was fun and very beautiful. Just make sure you arrive as early as possible.

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Billy Goat Trail
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8 Completed 8 Reviews

This trail is a blast! Can get very crowded on a nice day. Great views of the river below and the trail on the opposite side. You have the ability to get off the trail at several different points so there are lots of options for distance. It is very rocky and there are several places where you have to climb or descend steep areas.

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