Billy Goat Trail - A (1.75 Mi) is a hiking trail in Potomac, Maryland. It is within Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 110 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,182 feet. Spitzbergen Cliffs and other cliffs, the Purplehorse Beach beach, and the Spitzbergen Cliffs, Overlook 2, and Overlook 1 viewpoints can be seen along the trail. There is also a water along the trail.
Billy Goat Trail - A (1.75 Mi) Professional Reviews and Guides
"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 views of the mighty Potomac River and deep Mather Gorge—typically littered with kayakers, paddleboarders, and rappellers.The Billy Goat Trail is just downright fun! Although a bit of a drive, it’s well within reach of Baltimore. It utilizes the C&O Canal towpath, a National historical Park that runs 184.5 miles in total from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, Maryland."
--Heather Connellee, Best Hikes Near Baltimore (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jennifer Chambers , Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
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