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Started from the Carderock Recreation Area, combined Billy Goat Trail A, B, and C with the Overlook Trail, made a nice 10 mike hike. Carderock has a lot more parking spaces than Anglers.

just beautiful...watch your ankles...but.just beautiful

8 days ago

It's got your ups, your downs, your turn arounds. Nice easy short walk in the woods. Bluff over lake is great.

9 days ago

Great easy trail. The path is easily identifiable with clear directional markers.

Went on a gorgeous early March day. Saw tons of birds and the river/canal/falls were all beautiful. Unfortunately section A was closed due to flooding, and sections B and C were fun but pretty easy. All in all a nice day!

1 month ago

Great scenery even in the winter.

It's a great trail with beautiful views. It is important to know to go to the Billy goat trail you must enter from the Maryland side of the park and not Virginia side

1 month ago

A great hike and friendly people to meet along the way. Did run into a few snakes, but nothing to worry about if you are aware of your surroundings!

Difficult for sure, but well worth it. Just be expecting to be sore for the next few days afterward if you aren’t in great shape.

1 month ago

The hike was vary fun and challenging, but not too hard when it came to the ups and downs.

1 month ago

Great trail. Loved scrambling on the rocks. Nice river views - especially beautiful with remnants of snow and ice.

we spent 3hours doing Section A plus one of the spurs and it was very beautiful. Heavy traffic buy everyone was respectful of one another.

sometimes get to see deer, and bald eagle fly by

2 months ago

One of the best hikes in the DMV area for sure.

we did the first two miles, and this trail was boring and low intensity. it was a roughly paved walking trail.

if you want to do this, I would suggest not starting from the boat launch.

also, don't go after a rain. there were 1 foot deep, 6 foot wide streams accross the trail.

Not overly challenging couple mile loop, only difficult part is the trail is mostly on rocks that can be somewhat difficult to navigate, beautiful views of the river. Super crowded trail so if you want a hike to get away this isn’t for you.

section A offers some challenge and sections B&C are good for fun easy hikes.

So much biodiversity on this trail, and a bit of a challenge! The rock scramble is kind of intimidating and once you get to the high area with big rocks at the top of the trail, it can get tricky. I wouldn’t recommend this trail for dogs or children. Amazing views, so many opportunities to sit and take it all in with a lunch break. A short day hike, and worth the work! I would strongly recommend against doing this trail in slippery conditions.

2 months ago

This was an awesome loop. We had to park outside of the park because snow had the road closed...just added 1.4 miles each way. The rocks were slick and icy. The 50 foot wall was interesting but a lot of fun!

fun, nice views. towpath..not so much

Great trail

nice trail, well maintained and easy to follow. the trail skirted the lake in Pocahontas state park and has little elevation change. hiked in December, not much to see. there were a few boards with information but they are old and challenging to read. one overlook, a bridge over some marshy areas. didn't see much wildlife - perhaps bring binoculars for animal spotting.

A nice trail, but the bugs are REALLY nasty in the warmer months. I went in the winter and actually found it a lot more agreeable.

Very easygoing, flat, even terrain. It won't challenge you, but if you're just looking for a nice long walk or jog, this is perfect. Due to the proximity of the power plant, I kind of half-expected it to be dirty and unpleasant, but I guess Dominion thankfully runs a tight ship; the place is beautiful.

3 months ago

This trail was so fun to do and I felt so accomplished after. I wasn’t expecting a 50 ft rock climbing wall in trail A which really intimidated me but I was really proud I was able to go up with ease. Pack lots of water. Wear appropriate shoes. You’ll want to bring a camera for the amazing views. The trail is marked really well with blue markers and the trail was really clean and quiet on the weekday afternoon I went. Got some really gorgeous pictures with my boyfriend.

nature trips
3 months ago

a beautiful array of Flora and fauna. the bird life was beautiful. so many colors to gaze upon. it was an amazing hike!!!

there were a lot of new flowers and they were very pretty. the trail is very Rocky so br prepared if you go on this trail

3 months ago

Nice trail not far from the city. The scrambling was fun, followed by a casual walk through a wooded area next to the river and an easy walk back on the tow path. The trails were well-marked and surprisingly devoid of litter given the traffic the park sees. I saw two different species of woodpeckers, a Great Blue Heron, Mallard Ducks, grey and black squirrels and many other birds.

Awesome trail!

Awesome hike!!!!!

4 months ago

As good as it gets!

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