Billy Goat Trail from Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park

MODERATE 26 reviews

Billy Goat Trail from Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
232 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

The Billy Goat Trail is accessible year-round and protected by the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy. The park was established in 1961 as a National Monument by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to preserve the neglected remains of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and many of its original structures. There is a $10 entrance fee to access the trails and parking area.

hiking
4 months ago

We love it there. Weekends are pretty busy so get there early.

Tackled section A. Definitely not for the unprepared, and there are signs that will tell you so. Lots of rock bounding, climbing, and an awesome 50' almost sheer cliff to make your way down. One of the most fun trails I have ever been on, but I would not do it alone, out of shape, or under-supplied

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
6 months ago

Obsessed with rock scrambles, this is my favorite DC area trail. It's just enough challenge to make you feel like you accomplished something. Wear shoes with good traction -- a couple years ago I didn't and rolled my ankle, slipping down a sandy boulder. This trail gets PACKED on weekends and during exceptional weather. It's worth taking off a couple hours during the work week to skirt the crowds. Go at least twice to try both directions; the trail somehow feels different. I like to park in the lot by Old Angler's Inn, rather than entering the park, but you MUST go very early or late to get a spot. If you're newer to hiking, but ready for a challenge, this is a good trail to start. Enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

An absolutely beautiful trail. I enjoyed every second of it. My only complaint is that it was a little busy and there were some moments where you had to wait on other people to cross some sections of the trail. Other than that it was totally worth it and tons of fun!

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it!

8 months ago

Good trail for nice long walk. Bad trail to bring your doggie. There's a lot of other people hiking and walking around.

9 months ago

Unfortunately the first part A of the Billy Goat hike is closed till June. Also the Great Falls lookout hike is closed ( not sure until when. ) This looks like the trail to get the great view of the Falls. It is several KM flat walk along the canal and river to reach the B and C part of this trail.
Will return to do part A another time.

10 months ago

Good trail, very dynamic. Especially fun if you like to rock climb as well as hike

Monday, October 17, 2016

Great trail with a lot of views. Way too many people to make enjoyable for a personal hike. Beautiful landscape

hiking
4 months ago

2nd time we've done this and still loved it! It was pretty busy even at 8:45 in the morning (Anglers parking lot was full) but we were really only held up a little at a few points.

Further review: http://www.mylifeasmrs.com/2017/09/18/hiking-billy-goat-trail-great-falls/

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