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Great running trail. Almost entire trail is gravel. Little trails while doing the loop for scenic view.

walking
15 days ago

Beautiful wooded trail! Walked it with my miniature pinscher mix. While it is a relatively easy walk through most of it, there are some sections where it would be very difficult for anyone with mobility issues. Also, a lot of mud this time of year (January) and one part had a small bridge with a couple inches of water going over it. No big deal but be prepared for some mess.
Views are absolutely beautiful! Mix of the lake, marshes, and small streams.

Great family friendly trail.. Beautiful.

Went out hiking today and section A of the Billy Goat Trail is closed due to flooding. Hoping to come back this summer and experience the full trail as we were looking forward to climbing over the rocks in that section.

hiking
18 days ago

Went in July with friends. Did it’s backwards beginning with C. B was the best part because it wasn’t as clogged as A with a bottle neck effect occurring at the steep rock face.

trail running
21 days ago

Great trail. Very runnable especially on the south side of the NW Branch.

Had a total blast on this, also some super fun climbing spots just off the trail

I'm a big fan of this trail for biking. It's relatively level, well maintained and not terribly trafficked. There are a few crossings, but cars tend to stop for you, even when they have the right of way.

trail running
1 month ago

A small stream valley with light eastern suburban forest and some granite boulders. Nice local trail for running with a few climbs.

Convenient hike to get out of the city and into nature. A pretty popular trail but you can avoid the crowds by going early in the morning or late near twilight. Overall pretty easy hike open to all levels.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike last year. It’s a decent hike for the area. Good views and some rock scrambling. Does get crowded and I prefer more quiet hikes.

The northwest trail is nice and well indicated. However the trail on the other side of the creek is more challenging. The blue markers are not consistent throughout the trails and sometime the grass is overgrown and it’s hard to know which way to go. Also you have to go over huge logs to cross the creek at several points. But overall still a pleasant walk near the water.

Fun trail and beautiful views!

Gets a tad crowded during beautiful days

I love the difficulty and variety of the A loop- I think it’s one of the most challenging hikes in the DMV area. Pretty high trafficked route.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun Hike! Great for kids.

Pleasant afternoon walk with dog

This is a nice relatively flat paved trail. W & OD is well maintained and safe (patrolled by Park Police) and free of automotive traffic accept for street crossings at which I found motorists to be courteous. The trail is perfect for long distance training rides.

hiking
3 months ago

We parked up at the visitor center and walked the towpath to trail A. We did Trail A & C. Trail B is closed. Trail is A is a lot of climbing up and over rocks for 90% of the trail. I loved it. Ankles are a little sore but worth it. Follow the Blue blazes on trees/rocks. We began at 8:30 on a Saturday and it was very less people but it got much busier as day went on. Rocks can be slippery and sandy if it has rained. Be careful. Not a good trail for those who are timid or have knee issues.

Then we took the towpath to Trail C and that is a regular flat trail along the river. Easy to navigate.

River view is amazing and see it the whole way. Bring water and a snack if doing 2-3 trails.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail, many rocks to climb and great views.

great hike. Section B was closed due to flooding. be prepared with a good amount of water

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked trail A. Great view, great workout. Has some challenging areas so, appropriate shoes are suggested. Will definitely go again. Does get a bit congested in the later morning hours.

Moderate tough with beautiful river side scenery and the sound of gushing river water.

hiking
4 months ago

Poorly marked

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail for the second time. First time felt like 4 miles instead of the 2.3 miles it really is. This time it felt like 2.3 miles. Trail is in pretty good shape even after all the rain. Lots of roots to watch out for and enough ups and downs in elevation to give us a good workout. Always well shaded.

Because I was running out of time I only did part B and the view of the river and wall of rocks was fenomenal

This is a great hike, beautiful views and so close to the city.

section A is great workout with amazing scenery. get there early to beat the crowd. definitely recommend starting at the trailhead closest to the visitor center and bring plenty of water with you.

Trail A was a lot of fun. Watch your step on this one =]

hiking
4 months ago

I did Billy Goat Trails A and C (B was closed). I also hiked a good bit on the tow path for the return trip. Get there early. I was there and ready to start at 7 am. Hardly anyone around. By 930-10 am, there were lots of people. this trail is good for hiking or running. Follow the blue markers. Also, I rec getting the pro version of All Trails. My parents called me while I was hiking. I got distracted and got off trail (badly). When I got off track, it was easy to find my way back using the app. NI encountered no mosquitoes, which was a bonus. Trail is very shady. I definite repeat.

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