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Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls, Maryland, is one of the metro region’s most popular—and most spectacular—hikes, tracing the top of the 50-foot Mather Gorge above the Potomac River.
Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls Professional Review and Guide
"Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls, Maryland, is one of the metro region’s most popular—and most spectacular—hikes, tracing the top of the 50-foot Mather Gorge above the Potomac River."
--Stephen Mauro and Beth Homicz, AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Washington, D.C. (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
More Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper , 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC (Menasha Ridge Press).
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