Billy Goat Trail Sections A and B

Potomac, Maryland

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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), B (1.4 miles), and C (1.6 miles). Each section connects to the C&O Canal Towpath and can be hiked independently with a return loop along the towpath. Part A is the most challenging and most popular. Parts B and C are mostly level and less crowded. This 8-mile hike includes about 2 miles of challenging rock scrambling and 6 miles of easier terrain. It begins on the C&O Canal Towpath near Great Falls Tavern, follows sections A and B along the river, and then returns on a level path combining the towpath with a 1.5-mile loop along Berma Road, an old conduit road that parallels the canal. The hike is challenging and offers a variety of views and terrain.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

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), B (1.4 miles), and C (1.6 miles). Each section connects to the C&O Canal Towpath and can be hiked independently with a return loop along the towpath. Part A is the most challenging and most popular. Parts B and C are mostly level and less crowded.

This 8-mile hike includes about 2 miles of challenging rock scrambling and 6 miles of easier terrain. It begins on the C&O Canal Towpath near Great Falls Tavern, follows sections A and B along the river, and then returns on a level path combining the towpath with a 1.5-mile loop along Berma Road, an old conduit road that parallels the canal. The hike is challenging and offers a variety of views and terrain.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Potomac
Distance: 8 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 4-4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Birding
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 301-299-3613, nps.gov/choh park headquarters in Sharpsburg, 301-739-4200
Local Maps: National Park Service, tinyurl.com/candomap
Driving Directions: Directions to Billy Goat Trail: Sections A and B

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