Billy Goat Trail Loop

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Billy Goat Trail Loop is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Potomac, MD that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.3 miles 350 feet Loop



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



no dogs

Billy Goat Trail is comprised of three sections of trail locatednear Potomac, MD featuring beautiful wild flowers and scenic river views. The trail is used for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and walking. It is demarcated by blue blazes and is accessible year-round. Protected by NPS and TNC. Section "A" (1.7mi; 3.7mi loop via Towpath) is the most popular and arduous section requiring scrambling over angled rocks, boulders, and climbing. Section "B" (1.4mi) is rated as moderate. Minimal rock scrambling is required. Section "C" (1.6 mi) is also rated as moderate. $10 Fee to Enter Park.

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11 days ago

Love all the scrambling!

11 days ago

Great hike! Wonderful views and the perfect amount of climbing.

12 days ago

13 days ago

It's easy yet breath taking. Be prepared to climb/jump on rocks though. Very kid friendly. It's crazy how many views they have.


15 days ago

great views! not hard to get too. technical but options for easier paths as well.

21 days ago

23 days ago

I love this trail and it is my to go trail. One nice thing about section A is you can choose harder route or easier. I like jumping from rock to rock so I usually pick the route closer to the patomac river which is more rocky. But the views are beautiful and the distance is not that long.

26 days ago

It's not a very difficult hike but the views of the Potomac are beautiful.

26 days ago

It was a short hike on the billy goat trail because we unfortunately got lost ,but it was still a nice hike along the river.

28 days ago

The Billy goat trail is divided into 3 sections: A, B, C and they are not continually connected. You do one section then walk down the next part. Section A is the hardest, lots of rock scrambling but very fun and plenty of blazes to lead you along and beautiful water views. Section B is much easier with 2 or 3 rock scrambles but mostly flat ground, better for dogs, or small children and less blazes. Section C is even easier than B. Liked the trails, the worst part is walking on the gravel trail, about 3 or more miles straight away back to parking lot to get your car, lol. We saw beautiful autumn colors all throughout though.

29 days ago

Beautiful trail! Lots of rock scrambling, probably best to avoid if you're scared of heights or have weak ankles/knees. Bring a snack and plenty of water, and plan to take a long time so you don't run out of sunlight

1 month ago

A way to connect with nature

1 month ago

Amazing views!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great trail for the family. Awesome views. Challenging but not long.