Billy Goat Trail - A 175 Mi

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain1,182ft
Trailhead Elevation110ft
Top139ft
Elevation Min/Max71/139ft
Elevation Start/End110/110ft

Billy Goat Trail - A 175 Mi

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. This trail connects with the following: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail, Emergency Trail to Towpath and Billy Goat Trail - A Alternate.

Billy Goat Trail - A (1.75 Mi) Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes Near Baltimore (Falcon Guides)
Heather Connellee
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"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." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jennifer Chambers
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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." Read more

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This is an awesome trail, especially if you enjoy rock scrambling--so wear good hiking shoes. Although it's a great trail for the agile and adventurous, it's probably not that great for little kids or for anyone unsteady on their feet because there is a ton of climbing involved and some tricky areas in water. There are gorgeous views of the Potomac and many opportunities for beautiful photos.
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Trail Information

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Nearby City
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Difficult
Skill Level
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (charges a fee)
Local Contacts
Available at the visitor center and on the park’s website
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018