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.

fly fishing
1 day ago

A great place to fish in hidden out of the way waters along the Billy Goat Trail. Some harder parts of the trail where you have to scramble up and down huge boulders so dragging fishing rods and packs can be difficult. Pack light and carry only the essentials. I brought my baitcastong rod one day and on another day I took my fly rod in the small tube it came in and i had an easier time hiking with the lighter load. The work you do carrying the load is rewarded by gorgeous views and clean waters where you most likely won't see another angler all day. Some bass and lots of huge carp if you know where to look. Make sure to bring plenty of water especially when it is hot since the rocks get even hotter while you hike as they absorb a lot of heat from the sun! Not a great place to be stuck without cool water. Also good hiking shoes are necessary as you will need them to balance on the boulders and protect your ankles!

hiking
1 day ago

1 day ago

Wonderful hike! Look up at the views, especially if you start on section A where they come up fast and are super grand. It's a shame IMO that the final stretch of "trail" ends with a very very long tow path, but hey, at least it's historical and there are a ton of turtles to count.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Great spot to hike. Difficult because of the time where you need it scramble up and down the rocks but it's fun. There's also many spots to go off over some boulders for amazing views of the water. You almost forget your in the suburbs of the nation's capital!

2 days ago

Did this trail last summer, views are great, make sure you like rock scrambles because the whole trail is based off of that

hiking
3 days ago

3 days ago

Waterfalls, rivers, animals, and a moderately-highly difficult trail. some rock scrambling is expected.

hiking
4 days ago

The trail was harder than we expected but totally worth it! The view are incredible! Bring more water on a hot day.

4 days ago

hard but worth it! amazing view!

5 days ago

An amazing challenge with gorgeous sites. We were only able to get through the first section (A), but it was beautiful. Definitely not a trail for the faint of heart. I was surprised to see people in sandals and tennis shoes as struggled with footing in my boots at times. Many areas of 3-4 points of contact, but the markers made it easy to follow. I will be returning in the near future.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Best hike at Great Falls

hiking
9 days ago

A great challenge for my first "hard" trail! Glad I brought my hiking boots instead of my tennis shoes.

10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

11 days ago

11 days ago

Went early Sunday morning, seemed to just miss the crowds. Really fun rock scramble on "A" loop! Make sure to take breaks for the great view. Returned on the towpath, there were a lot of bikes, so be alert.