Billy Goat Trail Loop

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Billy Goat Trail Loop is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
413 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Billy Goat Trail is comprised of three sections of trail locatednear Potomac, MD featuring beautiful wild flowers and scenic river views. The trail is used for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and walking. It is demarcated by blue blazes and is accessible year-round. Protected by NPS and TNC. Section "A" (1.7mi; 3.7mi loop via Towpath) is the most popular and arduous section requiring scrambling over angled rocks, boulders, and climbing. Section "B" (1.4mi) is rated as moderate. Minimal rock scrambling is required. Section "C" (1.6 mi) is also rated as moderate. $10 Fee to Enter Park.

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5 days ago

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6 days ago

Very good trail, a lot of rock climbing. It was a little crowded, but that's expected since its so close to D.C.

6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

I'm new to hiking and this was my first time on this trail- Section A. Rock hopping in "pot hole alley" (as a guide called it) was a little unnerving, but was fine. Plenty of people on the trail, even early, with a few back up's. Great exercise and experience.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful but challenging

10 days ago

Too busy, not difficult

13 days ago

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23 days ago

one of the best trails in DMV area. specially section a is class apart.

hiking
23 days ago

A fun hike that has a bit of scrambling involved. Good hike that allows you to get out of the city while not traveling far. Only downside is that the trail is always crowded.

hiking
23 days ago

Trail A-Great hike with rock scramble. Heavily trafficked trail as is all of billy goat trail. We went on a nice 70 degree day in February so everyone was out and about and took about 20-30 minutes to drive into their visitors center as all the free parking and street parking was full. I would definitely recommend this trail especially on a weekday when it is less crowded.

hiking
26 days ago