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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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Overlook Trail
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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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Billy Goat Trail
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6 Completed 5 Reviews

One of my very favorite spots, I'm lucky to have had the chance to go there many, many times. Billy Goat trail section A (the most chellenging) is on Bear island, which is co-owned by the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy (where I work). Please note that the beginning (north end) of Section A was re-routed a few years ago to enhance views and visitor safety. This end is actually more difficult now (so people know what they're getting into sooner). TNC has developed an audio tour and map that you can take with you on the trail to better understand what you are seeing--check it out! (see link)

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Billy Goat Trail
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77 Completed 30 Reviews

Fun. Nice views of river. Not as much rock hopping as I expected. Go on a weekday morning for almost no traffic.

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Billy Goat Trail
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7 Completed 3 Reviews

Great trail! Section A truly deserves the name billy goat-- you will constantly be hopping from one rock to another. That said, it requires more effort than a typical trail stroll, and may tire less active people out, but it's certainly do-able for most and not dangerous. There are also tons of boulders overlooking the Potomac, great places to sit for lunch or enjoy some solitude if you find a more hidden one.

Section B is far more leisurely, functioning as more of a casual nature stroll. The views are certainly not as good, but the scenery is still lovely.

Doing both trails came up to about an 8 mile loop, starting on the canal at Great Falls tavern (easy poi for the gps if you plan on parking).

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Billy Goat Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful trail, made it almost to the end but then ran out of water. Doubled back to the midway and headed back.

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Billy Goat Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great views! Easy trail :)

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