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Billy Goat Trail

Potomac, MD

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.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

on Lake Artemesia Natural Ar...
21 minutes ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Excellent. Well maintained asphalt trails with good signage. One bathroom location. Time to replace the overall trail maps that were faded. We will definitely go back. Lots of bikers, walkers, joggers.

on Catoctin Mountain Extende...
1 hour ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Robert E. Lee Park-Lake R...
3 hours ago

trail running
1 Completed1 Reviews

Love this trail. It's right by my house and had a great variety of side trails along with the well maintained main trail.

on Cascade Falls Trail
14 hours ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Cash Lake Loop - Patuxent...
16 hours ago

hiking
6 Completed6 Reviews

If your looking for a challenge, this isn't a good one. Good place for kids, walking your dog or just out for a stroll.

on Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
1 day ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Couldn't ask for a better hidden gem!!! Great place for views and taking your dogs!

on Clopper Lake Loop Trail
1 day ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Great trail around the lake! Dogs loved it, as did I!

on Black Hill Regional Park
1 day ago

walking
2 Completed1 Reviews

Fantastic

on Soapstone Trail - Patapsc...
1 day ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

There were several creeks in which I saw fish, crayfish and a frog. The trails are good, not too intense and not too easy. I liked the scenery. It seems like a good place to bike. It's definitely one of the best trails near where I live. Will go back to explore the other trails that I haven't explored yet.

on Billy Goat Trail
2 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Great!!!

on Gambrill State Park, Blac...
2 days ago

camping
1 Completed1 Reviews

This is a great day-hike area. With Gambrill campground connecting to this and with the few road access/parking areas intersecting the road, you can easily scale hikes in this area to meet the needs of most folks while staying away from the rush of big crowds.

I did a 3.6 mile version of this hike with a few friends and it was a little different for each of us. Some were exhausted, I felt it was a good level for exercise, but the trail blazer was left looking for more. The different parking areas seem to be strategically placed between the sections of varying difficulty, so it has segments perfect for children or elders.

The overlook spots are close to the road, so you could easily make your way there for a sun rise (for the one east-facing overlook) or set (three good spots for sun sets) without having to navigate the trail in the dark.

If this is part of your longer thru hike, there are a few streams, but there was only one flowing (assisted spring?) while we were there. No matter though, the park at the peak has both potable water and bathrooms.... Not sure if they close or shut of after dark though.

Some trails were bike friendly but I only saw two riders and they were only on the northern end of the loop, heading to the overlook. The rest of the cyclists (and there were MANY) were all using the road.

I don't believe any camping along the trail is permitted though. Just at the campgrounds near by, which are many. It's well marked and maintained. Even surprisingly clean from evidence of the pets I saw on the the trail.

10 out of 10: would do again.

OH! The Gambrill campground has a few (four?) tent spots that can ONLY be reserved in person. Good info if ever you wanna try your luck after being turned down by the online reservation system.

on Billy Goat Trail
2 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I went on the Billy goat trail A to B with my friend it was literally the best trail in the world!


2 days ago

Awesome! Climbed through the rocks along the river, it took about 3.5 hours total between the climb, checking out Great Falls and the walk along the gravel trail back to the car. Well worth a visit.

on Glen Artney / Avalon / Or...
3 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

on Annapolis Rocks Trail
3 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Billy Goat Trail
3 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

It was a very nice view the whole time and part A was amazing I highly recommend doing both trails A and B.

on BWI Trail
3 days ago

walking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Good for a flat, long walk or hike. A little boring though, and not much to see. Definitely a better bike trail than hiking.

on Annapolis Rocks Trail
4 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Wolf Rock & Chimney Rock ...
4 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Gambrill State Park, Blac...
5 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews