Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Potomac with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Perfect hike for the day. A very busy route so close to Washington, DC.

Really cool trail from the Maryland side when you do trail C/B And gets you to the other side of the VA overlooks. Great views and can sometimes be crowded if you don’t go early

Nice, short trail in the area. Close to river with fun rock scrambles throughout. Lots of wildlife in spring: saw snakes, frogs, turtles, and other awesome animals on trail.

3 months ago

Loved this hike. It’s pretty flat along the canal side, then more climbing and descents on inland side. I did a double loop to increase the distance. First went clockwise around the loop, then went back counter-clockwise. That’s a good way to go bc then you maximize the climbing in the middle, with good warm up and warm down at start and finish on the flats. Lots of stream crossings. Well marked. Lovely trail. With double loop it’s 4 Miles.

3 months ago

It’s a great trail but I won’t categorize it as easy. There is a 50 feet cliff on this trail so be prepared for that. A lot of basis level bouldering involved

3 months ago

Great beginner trail.

Ended up just doing this section of the trail since a was closed due to flooding. It was wonderful, the kids had a blast, just wish I would have brought the dog. We left her at home since she isn't allowed on the A trail. My 5 year old and 12 year old loved the rock scrambles so much and the views were amazing. We will be back for sure to do the whole thing!

We took our 3 boys ages 10-14 and our dog for a Spring Break hike on section B and had a blast! Just enough rock climbing fun but not too hard for the kids, a mellow stream crossing, and great views of the river. Saw several birds including a blue heron and a woodpecker. It took less than 2 hours.

5 months ago

Went here for a hike with my husband and even though part of the trail was closed due to flooding it was a nice hike.

Some nice views of the Potomac. Watched a few kayakers doing their thing. Section A was unfortunately closed due to flooding, so section B was the backup hike. Only bumped into 2 other people on the trail. Saw a good number of deer on the towpath back to Anglers.

Took some friends and my four kids on this hike in January on a warmer day. Such a great hike and not terribly difficult for the kids. Lots of people! My 8, 7, and 5 year olds loved going ahead with the friends and climbing over the multiple rocky areas while they waited on Mommy and 2 1/2 year old brother to catch up. We did the rocky part of the trail first since we had more energy, which was a great decision because it flattened out at the end and was good for the kids to just run. A little muddy at some points in mid January but the kids loved that. The little boy loved “climbing” over all the rocks along the trail.

Beautiful views but very difficult. It was crowded today which was fun but did slow things down. Surprised to see small children.

Great trail . enjoy the rock

on Billy Goat Loop Trail

9 months ago

More hiking than I expected. Way harder than I thought.

Best Trail around

All of my friends rave about how amazing this trail is -- they weren't wrong! If you love rock climbing this is for sure the place. Follow the blue lines and you're set!

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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

it should be noted that this "easy" version of this trail is not shown on the map that you download from AllTrails, and the main photo above is also not part of this hike. If you enter at Anglers and cross the bridge to the towpath, Billy Goat A is to the right (the entrance to this trail is on the right in the main photo)...this trail is pretty difficult and comes with lots of warnings. The actual easy trail (Billy Goat B) is to the left after you cross the bridge at Anglers.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

simple and easy loop - pretty much gets repetitive after coming here so many times...now its just super crowded and not as fun as it used to be as the trails seem to be getting worn down

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Great trail! My dog loved it!!! He loves climbing on all the rocks and had a great time running through the beachy part of the water. Highly recommend. Awesome views.

Both B and C are very good. They have good views of the Potomac along with some easy rock scrambles. Also are well maintained.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great with kids and dogs! We went on a Monday with a little rain and had the place to ourselves.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Good work out

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Billy Goat B is great for a trail run with a little bit of rocks and dogs are allowed! The cover photo is for the harder Billy Goat Section A, not B. There are water features, but I wouldn't say waterfall - for the waterfalls you want the Great Falls Olmstead/Overlook Trail at Great Falls Park, MD.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Great trail! One of the best in Maryland! Beautiful views aplenty, and the trail is a perfect difficulty. If you live in MD, this is a must-hike!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great climbs and views of the river. Pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Nice and relaxed ... Good way to unwind from hammering the towpath on bike

Monday, August 29, 2016

Nice trail !

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I loved hiking here went with my brother my mother and a dog and we all had a blast be prepared to climb up some rocks and have a ton of fun. Will definitely be doing this again !

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