Billy Goat Trail

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Billy Goat Trail 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 213 feet Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

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.

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hiking
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hiking
4 days ago

Great hike along the river. Fun cliffs to climb on. Not well suited for most dogs.

hiking
4 days ago

Popular, go early. Arrive before 8:30 am if u want a quiet trail and good parking on the weekend. Hiking boots recommended but not necessary. Went on a Late Sept. saturday morning at 8:15 from the middle of the trail. It took two 30 year old semi-fit women 2 hours to do part A (1.7 miles). Up and down and rocky. Another hour to see the outlook of the Great Falls was nice, too but its probably not that 'Great' if you've seen other places.

9 days ago

it was my first time and I was pleasantly surprised. breathtaking views, challenging terrain, you can borrow bikes for the day as well which I thought was super cool! this will become a regular for me for sure!

11 days ago

Great trail!

hiking
15 days ago

nice workout. technical diversity. nice views.

Went on labor day so it was pretty crowded.. Parking was limited but doable. Trail was challenging, but again doable. Make sure you take a pause for the views and definitely hit the bathroom beforehand!

23 days ago

24 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

The views are amazing. Hike/trail is very rocky and with people all over the place it can be difficult to find your next step. I'd say it's challenging compared to other hiking trails in the area. Definitely worth it if you live near by. We paid the $10 to park in the park instead of nearby roadside pulls off. $10 is good for that day plus next two days if you want to go back. They do take credit cards.

24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Of the two sections, A is the longer, more strenuous route...but it isn't that hard...Sure there are a few sections where you have to use your hands, but I would rate the hike as "Moderate"
Section B is a shorter route and is pretty easy. It took us 4 hours to do both routes, including a half-hour detour at the Great Falls Overlook. If we weren't just relaxing and taking it easy, both routes can be done in 3 hours...

hiking
26 days ago

First time doing billy goat a. Challenging but rewarding at the end.

hiking
27 days ago

Live right up the road from this trail so I have hiked it more times than I can count. This trail is not hard, but has exciting bouldering that keeps it interesting. Some great views. Can be very crowded throughout the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Our second hike of this amazing trail. This time we took our 13 year old daughter. It is very challenging at times but the views are well worth the effort. Arrive very early to beat the crowds, bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes / boots!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail, loved every minute of it. It was challenging enough to keep it fun, but not too hard so lots of people can enjoy it. Definitely a good time.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Not too tough, but there are quite a few jagged rocks. Zero room for error.

1 month ago

Fun hike! An easier version of Old Rag