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Billy Goat Trail

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Address: 11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD
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There are 3 trails each with a different level of difficulty. C is the easiest, just flat rail, B has some climbing required, A if for experienced climbers that are properly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are 3 trails each with a different level of difficulty. C is the easiest, just flat rail, B has some climbing required, A if for experienced climbers that are properly attired

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

I live in the area, and this is one of my favorite spots to get outside and hike. Be aware that some of the loops get crowded on the weekends.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Go to the Virginia side for a fantastic hike. Billy goat trail A also rocks and has a some great views of the falls!

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I grew up on this trail. My father would bring me and my brother to hike this trail frequently as a child and I continue that tradition with my kids. The trail has become its own worst enemy because it has become so popular. I would not try and hike it on a weekend or you will literally find yourself... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The A trail is 1.7 miles, but seems longer when you get to the rocky portion of the trail. The hike along the river has great views of the river gorge and with it being late autumn the foliage was minimal to provide unobstructed views of the river. I would recommend the trail during the work week as the weekends... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I have no idea why I thought that I could hike the Billy Goat Trail last Saturday and have a peaceful commune with nature. Instead, there were so many people on the trail, in front of me and behind me, that I never lost sight of them.Not to mention the fact that everyone was yakking,shrieking and drowning out the bird... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Parts of the trail are very rocky with a few steep climbs but totally do-able. Stunning views. Very family friendly. Saw some experienced hikers with their entire families, including infants. Probably not the best hike for little ones though as some of the trail is rough and very rocky - large boulders. A bit crowded but we were there on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Walk carefully!!!!my niece fell 80' into the Potomac last week. She survived. Such a beautiful place but focus on more than the beauty.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Plan on taking this detour deliberately. The views are terrific, and it's just enough off the beaten path to be pleasantly quiet. Signage keeps you where you headed where want to go, and there are plenty of wide spots along the way to stop for a rest and enjoy the forest and views.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I regularly hike the Billy Goat A trail. Round trip from the Tavern parking lot is 4.5 miles and takes 2 1/2 hours usually. This is a challenging, but short, technical hike with a bit of rock scrambling and a climb up a 50 ft rock wall. Billy Goat A is the only hard trail of the 3 Billy Goat... More 

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