Best Trails Near Potomac MD

Potomac has 21 trails in the vicinity, including 17 hiking trails and 11 for trail running. These trails range from 0.1 to 14 miles in length. The longest trail in Potomac is Around Avenel Ramble: A Piece of Potomac a well-known trail measuring 14 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are C & O Canal Towpath: Great Falls to Old Angler’s Inn with Olmsted Island, Around Avenel Ramble: A Piece of Potomac and C & O Canal: Hiker/Biker Campsites From Swain’s Lock to Killiansburg Cave. Trails.com member John J. recently completed Billy Goat Trail Section A.

More information on the best trails in Potomac can be found below.
  • Billy Goat Trail: Section B

    1 Reviews

    Potomac, MD

    Section B of the Billy Goat Trail is one of three trails with that name that follow the Potomac River from mile marker 14 along the canal to mile 10 in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Section B of the Billy Goat Trail is one of three trails with that name that follow the Potomac River from mile marker 14 ...

  • Billy Goat Trail Section A

    1 Reviews

    Potomac, MD

    Follow the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath and waterway, a National Historic Park, before heading into the woods to clamber your way through a giant boulderfield playground, all while getting ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Follow the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath and waterway, a National Historic Park, before heading into the woods to clamber ...

  • Around Avenel Ramble: A Piece of Potomac

    1 Reviews

    Potomac, MD

    Far from my tie-dyed, gritty town of Takoma Park (“where old hippies go to die’’) lies a land of horse farms and houses the size of small hotels, five-car garages, and home squash courts. It’s ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Far from my tie-dyed, gritty town of Takoma Park (“where old hippies go to die’’) lies a land of horse farms and houses the ...

  • Cabin John Regional Park

    0 Reviews

    Potomac, MD

    Located in Montgomery County, Maryland, Cabin John Regional Park is a great destination for any local mountain biker who can’t get away to more remote locations. It’s also great for the visitor ...
    •  7.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Montgomery County, Maryland, Cabin John Regional Park is a great destination for any local mountain biker who ...

  • Riverbend Park

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    Potomac, MD

    This small, compact Fairfax County park sits on a deep bend in the Potomac River north of Great Falls and protects some of the globally rare natural communities that have in recent years made ...
    •  1 to 3 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This small, compact Fairfax County park sits on a deep bend in the Potomac River north of Great Falls and protects some of ...

  • Great Falls Park

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    Potomac, MD

    For generations, Great Falls was simply an obstacle to the flow of goods from western farms to eastern seaports. To walk along cliffs that line the river and delve into the Piedmont forest and ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  5.1 miles
    •  Guide

    For generations, Great Falls was simply an obstacle to the flow of goods from western farms to eastern seaports. To walk ...

  • Great Falls Park, MDChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park

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    Potomac, MD

    A public relations effort by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1954 saved the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and towpath from a different fate: The National Park Service had proposed paving ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  9.1 miles
    •  Guide

    A public relations effort by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1954 saved the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and towpath ...

  • Gold Mine Loop Trail

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    Potomac, MD

    Tucked in the meandering, wooded hills of the sprawling yet understated multimillion-dollar estates of Great Falls, just outside Washington, D.C., is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical ...
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Tucked in the meandering, wooded hills of the sprawling yet understated multimillion-dollar estates of Great Falls, just ...

  • C & O Canal: Hiker/Biker Campsites From Swain’s Lock to Killiansburg Cave

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    Potomac, MD

    There are 32 tent-only hiker-biker campsites along the canal, located roughly every 5 miles. The H/B sites are limited to one night per site. This can be an annoyance for a lot of people, as ...
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    There are 32 tent-only hiker-biker campsites along the canal, located roughly every 5 miles. The H/B sites are limited to ...

  • C & O Canal Towpath: Old Angler’s Inn to Carderock Recreation Area

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    Potomac, MD

    The C & O Canal Towpath offers multiple sections of trails, each with its own unique features. Here, the dynamic rock faces at Carderock are a favorite place for local climbers, and this section ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The C & O Canal Towpath offers multiple sections of trails, each with its own unique features. Here, the dynamic rock faces ...

  • Billy Goat Trail: Sections A and B

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    Potomac, MD

    Offering close-up views of the thundering Great Falls as well as calmer sections of the Potomac River, the Billy Goat Trail is a favorite for local hikers. It has three segments: A (1.7 miles), ...
    •  4-4.5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Offering close-up views of the thundering Great Falls as well as calmer sections of the Potomac River, the Billy Goat Trail ...

  • C & O Canal Towpath: Great Falls to Old Angler’s Inn with Olmsted Island

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    Potomac, MD

    Scenery, exercise, and glimpses of history—the C&O Canal Towpath has it all, and it is almost completely level. This close-in segment in Montgomery County features a waterfall, a visitor center, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Scenery, exercise, and glimpses of history—the C&O Canal Towpath has it all, and it is almost completely level. This close-in ...

  • Billy Goat Trail: Section C

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    Potomac, MD

    Section C of the Billy Goat Trail sits in the shadows of its sister trails up the Potomac River. While Section A on Bear Island is the most popular hike in Washington, DC, Section C at Carderock ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Section C of the Billy Goat Trail sits in the shadows of its sister trails up the Potomac River. While Section A on Bear ...

  • Berma Road to C&O Canal Towpath

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    Potomac, MD

    Berma Road and the towpath are part of the 184-mile trail system in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Both are located in the Great Falls region of the park. An old trolley ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  3.0 miles
    •  Guide

    Berma Road and the towpath are part of the 184-mile trail system in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Both ...

  • Billy Goat Trail: Section A

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    Potomac, MD

    Section A of the Billy Goat Trail is the most popular and well-known hike in Washington, DC, for good reasons. Its location on the high rocky cliffs above the Potomac River makes it very scenic. ...
    •  3-4 hours
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Section A of the Billy Goat Trail is the most popular and well-known hike in Washington, DC, for good reasons. Its location ...

  • Gold Mine Trail

    0 Reviews

    Potomac, MD

    The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Great Falls Park in Virginia boast many great family-friendly hikes along the Potomac River.
    •  2.5- 3 hours
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Great Falls Park in Virginia boast many great family-friendly ...

  • River Trail

    0 Reviews

    Potomac, MD

    The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park at Great Falls offers some of the best family-friendly hikes in the Washington area. From the challenging rock scramble on the Billy Goat ...
    •  1-1.5 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park at Great Falls offers some of the best family-friendly hikes in the ...

  • Ford Mine Trail

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    Potomac, MD

    The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park boasts the 184-mile towpath that connects Cumberland, Maryland, to Washington, DC, providing a natural buffer zone for the Potomac River ...
    •  2-2.5 hours
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park boasts the 184-mile towpath that connects Cumberland, Maryland, to ...

  • Tulip Tree Trail

    0 Reviews

    Potomac, MD

    Tulip Tree Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Potomac, Maryland. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 264 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of ...
    •  0.3 miles

    Tulip Tree Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Potomac, Maryland. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 264 feet altitude. ...

  • Pine Ridge Trail

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    Potomac, MD

    Pine Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Potomac, Maryland. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 252 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 57 feet. ...
    •  0.1 miles

    Pine Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Potomac, Maryland. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 252 feet altitude. Traveling ...

  • Cabin John Regional Park

    0 Reviews

    Potomac, MD

    Located in Montgomery County Maryland, Cabin John Regional Park is a great destination for any local mountain biker who can't get away to more remote locations, or it's great for the visitor ...
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  7.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Montgomery County Maryland, Cabin John Regional Park is a great destination for any local mountain biker who can't ...