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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.

Great hike with very few people around. It's an odd little loop in that part of it is paved and you're within eyesight of the parking lot for a large chunk of the hike. Also very muddy for portions of it (Nov. 2018). But I give it high marks for a very isolated forest stroll with access to water. Great hike, pup loved running around!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. We didn’t think we would hike the entire length of the trail but we made it! It was beautiful and quiet though muddy in spots. There were lots of roots, too. The trail was well marked and fairly well maintained.
Most of the bicyclists were pleasant but one apparently thought he owned the trail. He really startled me. Thankfully, I was able to get out of his way in time.
Autumn seems to be a good time to hike this trail as there were no bugs and the temperature was perfect. I agree with the reviewer who suggested the addition of a few benches. We would’ve welcomed those!

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
1 month ago

Fun Hike! Great for kids.

great hiking trails my dog loves that there's water everywhere

hiking
1 month 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.

Fun trail, many rocks to climb and great views.

Enjoying yes this trail since all Billy Goat trails were closed due to flooding.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice hidden gem for mountain biking. I only saw 3 other MTBs. Nice flowy sections. Some mud to power through at boardwalks. Inclines not too challenging. Beautiful flora. Nice meadow sections of ferns. Trail markings get a little confusing at times.

Awesome!!

mountain biking
2 months ago

I rode this trail on Saturday 9/15. There are some leaves down already and they were wet. In fact, it was quite muddy out there but I enjoyed it. One fallen tree blocking the trail around mile 4 (clockwise). Overall conditions good but muddy.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Nice and easy trail. clockwise is much more challenging. W more climbs. Watch out for self centered arrogant hikers who think standing in the middle of the trail is ok

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail the only drawback is sharing the trail with mountain bike riders. Nearly twisted my knee trying to get out if the way of a mountain biker. Had to step off the trail quite a few times that day for riders. Other than that great hike. Bring water you will need it.

Took the orange down to the beach and then back. About 5 miles. Peaceful little trail

mountain biking
3 months ago

Good clean fun

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

Went here for my first hike. My dog and I had a great time. Very beautiful, easy to navigate, fun terrain with slight challenges. No complaints. Some people might complain about spider webs and mosquitoes, but thats part of hiking, right? Highly recommend.

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. Well marked and pretty, the red is a stroll to a small beach with fossil hunting and nice photos on the way. Orange trail is very secluded and peaceful, narrows at time but easy to follow, some uphill for a good workout. Didn’t see any animals. $5 to park. Nice treasure in Lusby.

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
3 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.

A great way to really relax on a weekend

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