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Billy Goat Trail

11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854-1659
+1 301-767-3714
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Beautiful and challenging hike

The Billy Goat Trail is made up of three sections - an A, B, and C section. All sections require a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
North Betheda
Almost technical and fun rocky trail along the Potomac

The Billy Goat Trail is a local favorite for adventure seekers looking for a fine trail alongside... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Potomac, Maryland
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11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854-1659
+1 301-767-3714
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Billy Goat Trail is made up of three sections - an A, B, and C section. All sections require a bit of climbing on the rocks. So, wear comfortable, climbing shoes and be in pretty good shape to hike on these trails. Absolutely, beautiful...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Billy Goat Trail is a local favorite for adventure seekers looking for a fine trail alongside the Potomac River below Great Falls. It is in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park near Potomac, MD. It is rocky most of the way. There...More

Thank Lyman777
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our favorite local outings, since we live in nearby Carderock. We regularly see Great Blue Heron, owls, geese, ducks, and once we saw a beavers. (You can see their marks on trees along the trails.) The river, whether quiet or roaring,...More

Thank FJGonzalezG
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have hiked Billy Goat trail for many years. It’s challenging but fun and great views. Kids can start doing it at age 8 or 9

Thank Carolyn E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked Trail A, the most challenging trail. We are not regular hikers or climbers but we are in decent shape. It was a great hike, the perfect blend of challenge and reward, the challenge being climbing some of the rocky areas, the reward being...More

Thank aapenney
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I am lucky enough to have Great Falls in my area to escape to nature when all else fails. Love this place. I have come here more times than I can count and each time my adventures are memorable and fun! Exploring the trail and...More

Thank LadyPhade
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I hike the Billy Goat Trail every year to make sure that I can accomplish it. I'm 60 years old. Wearing hiking boots are very helpful. Lots of rocks and roots that can twist your ankle. I carry one stick for balance and just in...More

Thank Fitness_Guru_8
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

One of the most beautiful trails. Parts are more difficult than others so people should check before they hike a more difficult part.

Thank Travelingbear1000
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We parked in the Carderock lot which is the closest to trail C. Surprisingly sparse for a Saturday morning compared to the severely packed lot for trail A (most popular). Nice views, but I have nothing to compare. Did not realize there was a West...More

Thank Nikzleez
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Billy Goat Trail is one of the most spectacular hikes in the Potomac area - but one of the most challenging. After venturing down what appears to be a flat trail, suddenly the hiker is climbing small rocks, then larger, then scaling up and down...More

Thank SusanfromMaryland
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Richard O
30 July 2017|
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Response from Fran S | Reviewed this property |
I think it's OK to wear shorts...depends more on the weather. I wouldn't worry too much about the scrambling unless your legs are very sensitive.
19 August 2016|
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Response from Sara_sakflva | Reviewed this property |
Thanks everyone. We did it last weekend. The rock wall had my husband and I helping my son but other than that. We were good and we had a blast.
28 July 2016|
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Response from ShahPriyanka00 | Reviewed this property |
I think you need a car to get to both Dallas international airport and Ronald Reagan Airport . Both are around 25 mins drive