Billy Goat Trail Section C

Potomac, Maryland

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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 offers captivating scenery in forested slopes along the river. It provides kids younger than eight an opportunity to hike and play among the metamorphic rock outcrops along the trail. You may also see rock climbers using the rock faces as a playground. The trailhead is adjacent to the large sign and restroom.
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 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 offers captivating scenery in forested slopes along the river.

It provides kids younger than eight an opportunity to hike and play among the metamorphic rock outcrops along the trail. You may also see rock climbers using the rock faces as a playground. The trailhead is adjacent to the large sign and restroom.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Potomac
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 155 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, 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 C

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