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One of the best places I’ve been for hiking. Beautiful views the entire hike. I would rate moderate trails. Some had fallen trees & rocky outcropping to pass but made it that much more enjoyable. Definitely recommend.

Short hike that has a little challenge close to the city. With all the heavy rains we’ve had recently the trail is a little washed out in some places right on the river, but still passable. There are many trees down across the trail also but again passable with little effort. Nice Saturday morning we only saw one other hiker.

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

Very beautiful musuem and trail . This trail is not well marked - it is located behind a horse farm on the underground railroad museum property. There is a small sign with a hiking man. I Took my daughter (8years old) and our dog. Not too difficult. Beautiful Creek and spring. Some spots are a little over grown- so be careful of postion ivy . Overall pleasant.


2 months ago

Not a bad trail by any means, but little in the way of views or destination goal. Crop field crossing doesn't do it for me, but the covered woods are nice single track. Saw a few mountain bikers, but all passing was safe and in control (just know that this is a very popular off-road riding destination).

I think a moderate rating is proper. I run and bike regularly and I still felt my quads the next day. Worth going back, perhaps next time on two wheels.

This trail really should be an out and back instead of what is being shown on this website. I'd recommend picking up a trail map at the visitor center before getting started as there are various points on the trail that are marked that have little blurbs about them on the map.

The trail is very nicely maintained and for the most part well marked if you do the out and back. I wouldn't recommend trying to follow the trail map on this site. It will take you into a field where there isn't really a marked path.

Not moderate. Easy.

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I love this trail but it’s best during the week because the weekend can be too busy. Great for dogs, I have 2 and 99% of people with dogs on trail are dog friendly

The trail is not well marked.

Great hike, but it is more moderate than easy. The trail was also had to follow since it was comprised of a couple of other trails.

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3 months ago

Fantastic views, a must run when in DC!

Great short, moderate hike. The first half of the trail is very well maintained and there are plenty of signs to keep you on the trail. The second half is a bit more rugged and has a few steep climbs. Even though the parking lot for the area was full, the trail was still lightly trafficked. There are plenty of paths from the trail that lead down to the water. The views, the moderate hills, and having the trail to ourselves the majority of the time earns this trail four stars.

Nice walk along the river, a couple decent hills.

Good for a day's workout. Trail has good tree cover and stays cooler.

I love this trail for the creek that runs alongside it most of the way and that it's so close to home. It's secluded from the road so it's blissfully quiet and much less trafficked than the Matthew Henson trail. It's a packed dirt and gravel trail though, so some parts are a little rocky and it can be really muddy after a big rain storm. Wear bug spray!

I've done this trail twice and I really enjoy it. Very nice scenery, mini waterfall and a nice incline for a semi-workout. I've always find l done this trail when it's been dry, but I can imagine it would be pretty difficult when wet after rain. I recommend it, but not so sure for little children.

Beautiful hike. One area where you are on the cliff is barely your foot’s width and is terrifying if you’re going against the flow of traffic for hiking. But overall the views are breathtaking.

5 months ago

Didn't love this trail - there were very few hills or anything that made it feel like a good workout. Views were nothing amazing either.

Beautiful views but many downed trees, one which came down moments before we got there. We couldn't make the full loop because of that tree.

Lovely history hike with some wildflowers in Spring. If u can leave a vehicle at Friends Meeting House and shuttle, you can make it a one-way hike from Woodlawn to Sandy Spring Meeting House.
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Billy Goat A trail loop was closed due to flooding, so we walked to the Great Falls Overlook on Olmstead Island, then followed the canal to the bridge across the canal (just past the Billy Goat trail entrance). After crossing over we picked up the Overlook Trail heading back towards the parking lot and eventually ended up canalside. While the views on the Overlook Trail are not as impressive as being right next to the falls, the trails were dry and it wasn’t crowded. It was a nice walk, with a few decent views looking down at the river if you take the two down-and-back spurs off the main trail. Combine all this with sunshine and 70s and you have the ingredients to a perfect hike!

6 months ago

Absolutely fantastic especially if you go after a big rain to see Mother Nature at her best

I'm new to hiking trails so I didn't venture too fair on this one. There are clearly marked trails and a few hills here and there so the description of moderate was actually. I enjoyed the scenic views and as it gets warmer I would definitely bring bug repellent because of many of the stagnant ponds in the trail.

6 months ago

We loved the trail but it is not what i would concider a moderate hike. We were hoping for a bit of a challenge. It was a nice walk though!

7 months ago

Nice . Access was easy from Kemp Mill subdivision.
Quite. Lot’s of birds. Deer.

I believe this trail (with Montgomery County pdf map and explanatory info) is the most complete EXPERIENTAL explanation of the Underground Railroad experience in all of Maryland! An added bonus is the HUGE White oak near the end (state

Takes about an hour and half. Great views of the Potomac. Could be slippery after a rain event. Technical sections require climbing over downed trees and crossing over water in at least 2 areas.

If you go late summer, hot, but tons of berries to pick. Print out the info from MoCo, great talking points with kids down the trail. Done this twice with 4 kids.

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