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At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nations Capital.

This trail was awesome. The whole family went. It was pretty rigorous around Billy Goat Trail A because of the natural rocks you have to climb. It can be dangerous. If your young children don't follow directions well, it may be better to leave them at home. Halfway around Billy Goat Trail A, there is a side trail to take to get back to the main Towpath. We were told by a hiker, and by the warning sign, that it got even more dangerous with steeper climbs and descents. So we chose to stop. Can't wait to go back and complete this hike. Beautiful, breathtaking views of the rapids and waterfalls.

Nice short hike along the river, listening to the rushing water most of the way. Very busy and parking (Anglers) can be really difficult. I'd consider this just barely moderate - there are a couple short rock scrambles but most is path with very little elevation gain. The Billy Goat Trail B is actually not a loop - it's an out and back trail but people generally take the towpath back, creating the loop. Actual trail is only 1.4 miles.

Great park all around. The Billy Goat A trail is clearly the attraction here, but I enjoyed it all. While challenging at times, I would probably rate it more moderate for someone in decent shape, and def with quality boots. As loop A was done first, I found myself disappointed that the rest of the trip was going to be too easy, much of it on a towpath. I almost skipped it and headed back to the car, but for the sake of exercise I kept on. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while not a challenge, there were many awesome sights. I recommend this to anyone who wants a short quality hike. I drove 3 hours each way strictly for this, and I am glad I did. It's worth the effort to get here.

3 days ago

7 days ago

Fun trail. Short but rocky. Recommend you are intentional with footwear.

8 days ago

a friend and i completed all 3 trails in about 6-6 1/2 hours tracked it at 12 miles round trip from the welcome center parking lot. great experience. "A" trail is most difficult.gets to a point where you are scaling a wall . but not too bad, 8-12year old children completed the task at hand.
would definitely recommend it.