Billy Goat Trail Section A

Potomac, Maryland

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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. Furthermore, the landscape on both sides of the Potomac River between Great Falls and Carderock is a playscape for adults and big kids, with hiking and scrambling on the Billy Goat Trails, mountain biking on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, kayaking on the Potomac River, and rock climbing on the cliffs of the Mather Gorge.
Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond

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Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond

by Jennifer Chambers (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

Furthermore, the landscape on both sides of the Potomac River between Great Falls and Carderock is a playscape for adults and big kids, with hiking and scrambling on the Billy Goat Trails, mountain biking on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath, kayaking on the Potomac River, and rock climbing on the cliffs of the Mather Gorge.

© 2014 Jennifer Chambers /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Potomac
Distance: 3.7
Elevation Gain: 207 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (charges a fee)
Local Maps: Available at the visitor center and on the park’s website
Driving Directions: Directions to Billy Goat Trail: Section A

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