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Best trails in Potomac

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Looking for a great trail near Potomac, Maryland? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, trail running trails, river trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Patapsco Valley State Park or Seneca Creek State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area or Great Falls Park. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Potomac ranging from 1.8 to 30.6 miles and from 111 to 403 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Potomac
Top trails (29)
#1 - Billy Goat Trail and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail Loop
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Please note: As of August 11 2020, users have reported that the Billy Goat trails A and B are closed. Please consult the park's website before visiting. One of the best hikes in the Washington DC areShow more
#2 - Great Falls Overlook Loop
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Great Falls Overlook Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkingShow more
#3 - Billy Goat Trail Section A
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
Please note that this trail is subject to flood related closures. The Billy Goat Trail offers excellent views of the falls, forest, and river. This trail is on the hard side of moderate, with quite aShow more
#4 - Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail to Great Falls Overlook
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
Trail is beautiful, tons of trees and off shoot trails. The trail starts right behind the visitors center.Show more
#5 - Great Falls Overlook Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 33 m
Great walks, and fantastic views of the Potomac. A few nice lookout points, and great spots for some scrambling and bouldering rocks. Tons of parking, bathrooms and concession staff during peak timShow more
#6 - Blockhouse Point Loop Trail
Blockhouse Point Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
This is a loop trail that includes the woods and high prominences of Blockhouse Point Park with a horse trail through National Park Service land and a return along the C&O Canal towpath. Views of theShow more
#7 - Billy Goat Trail from Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
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. EiseShow more
#8 - Stubblefield Overlook via Scott's Run Falls and River Trail
Scotts Run Stream Valley Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
Stubblefield Overlook via Scott's Run Falls and River Trail is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is priShow more
#9 - Gold Mine Loop Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Gold Mine Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and isShow more
#10 - Billy Goat Loop Trail
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Billy Goat Trail - Section A, starting from Old Angler's Inn, with approach along C&O Canal Towpath and returning along the Berma Road trail above the canal.Show more
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