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Billy Goat Trail, Potomac

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
The Billy Goat Trail is a 4.7mi hiking trail that follows a path between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Great Falls in Montgomery County, Maryland. The trail has three sections: Section A, the northernmost, is ; Section B is ; and Section C, the southernmost, isDescriptionBilly Goat Trail was laid out by the YMCA Triangle Club in 1919.Section A of the trail, by far the most popular, is on Bear Island and traverses rough and rocky terrain, including a steep climb along a cliff face along the Potomac River's Mather Gorge. At another point in the trail, hikers are required to scramble over and around huge boulders. Sections B and C are less strenuous; section B requires only one brief scramble, and section C has none. Most of the trail is well marked with light blue trail blazes.Section A is best accessed from the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.Section B and Section C are best accessed from Carderock, Maryland. All sections of the trail are free, although an entrance fee ($10 per car - 2015) is charged when entering and parking near the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. No fee is charged when parking near Carderock. Dogs are not allowed on Section A, nor on Olmsted Island (Great Falls Overlook), but are permitted on a leash at all times everywhere else in the park. It takes about 2 1/2 hours to do the Section A loop from the parking lot.
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  • A fun hike with great views, scrambling, stream crossings and nice trails. Such a glorious way to spend a couple hours with someone you like. Wear good shoes, take some water and a few nuts and prepar...  read more »
  • So we did part a and b today with a 9 year old and 4 year old. I worried about the traverse with my 4 year old. With two adults it was fine, when my son couldn't climb the part we picked him up and mo...  read more »
  • The billy goat trail is quite possibly my favorite hike and certainly the one I have visited the most.The hike is the perfect combination of strenuous and fun.The rock scrambling part is particularly ...  read more »
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