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Accidentally took the blue trail and 6 miles became 11. Still a great hike on a well marked trail.

Highly recommend this trail, even in winter. In January, the view at the top was less stunning because all the trees are dead. But, it's a very green trail with lots of bright green moss and tons of streams and tiny waterfalls. There is an Appalachian Trail shelter with some camping spots and a port-o-potty near the start of the trail. As another reviewer recommended, I would turn left at the fork to avoid going up the steeper way. Lightly trafficked, at least this time of year, as we only ran into about 5 people during the hike.

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14 days ago

Great trail, well maintained but may be muddy at the start. The parking lot is small so get there early & you’ll be awarded not only a parking spot but solitude on the rocks. We think this hike is probably best in winter as you get many more views than you would with leaves on the trees.

blue/white trail is moderately challenging. very well marked. beautiful views, even in winter.

Love this trail.Its my bestie and I’s favorite spot. Lots of photo ops on this one. I highly recommend the ridge too, don’t stop & enjoy the views.

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.

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17 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.

Great hike and nice views mountain tops.

Very nice New Year’s Day hike after a rainy New Year’s Eve day.

Nice easy day out in late December. Not too wet a day after rain, a little soggy but no flooding. We had the view from chimney rocks all to ourselves.

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

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.

Took the Orange trail up to the summit. My sister and I found it kinda difficult but we only go hiking once a month or so. Great views once your up there. Took the white and blue trail down and did a couple miles. White and blue were not hard. All the trails are very well marked!

1 month ago

Great views from Buzzard Rock!!

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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.

Ran it in the rain to the Md/Pa line had a blast. Thunder rolling through the valley. Getting above the rain clouds. It was slow going up and a bit faster coming down. Hiking or running it is worth the journey.

Fun trail and beautiful views!

Pretty nice hike. Lots of varying terrain including a manmade waterfall surrounded by thick, lush vegetation. Would do it again.

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.

Beautiful views on the blue trail! We got a little turned around at the white rock viewpoint but eventually found our way back to the trail. Would definitely hike this trail again!

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2 months ago

Fun Hike! Great for kids.

Went hiking here for the first time this weekend and I was definitely not disappointed! The hike itself is relatively easy. We went went left at the fork in the beginning of the trail onto the blue trail and took the AT back down. (I think the opposite way would be a more challenging uphill climb). The trail up to the viewpoint zig zagged up the mountain making it a more gentle, steady incline - but a work out nonetheless. But my Lord... those VIEWS!! When we made it to the top, I was speechless. Gorgeous panoramic views of all the treetops and as usual, pictures don't begin to do it justice. It was super windy and cold that day but we couldn't bring ourselves to climb down! Just wanted to stay and take it all in. It was pretty lightly trafficked. We only saw about 6-8 other hikers. (Another side note, the boulders at the top are sometimes decently spaced a part and can be a little intimidating if you're afraid of heights. But so worth it!)

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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.

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3 months ago

Fun trail, many rocks to climb and great views.

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3 months ago

Went on this hike last month. Don’t be mistaken by the first nice view. Make your way to the ridge line for great views. Good for a day when you need a good hike, but don’t have all day!

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3 months ago

We hiked the blue trail and it was a lovely hike!

I expected a bit of a view from the summit but you can’t really see anything except trees. Regardless, it was a still a pleasant hike and it wasn’t too difficult. Trail was moderately rocky on the uphill sections.

Very good hike. Beautiful stream. Steep inclines. So many different colored mushrooms.

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