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“Awesome Trail” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Billy Goat Trail

Billy Goat Trail
11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Potomac
Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
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Arlington, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Awesome Trail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I'm never disappointed by this hike! I've hiked this trail at least 5 time a year for the past 15 years and there's always something new to see. It's my favorite day hike in the DC area. It gets very, very crowded on a nice weekend day. It's best to go on a less than perfect weekday early in the morning or later in the day. If you are going to visit more that 4 times a year, it pays to get the annual Great Falls pass which costs $20 and is good for both the Maryland side and the Virginia side. You can also park for free across from the Old Angler's Inn if there's space.

Visited July 2013
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Potomac, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Nice challenge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Challenging hike in beautiful setting. Have to do some scrambling over rocky portion. Part of the Great Falls Park. You should also go to the Great Falls overlook.

Visited March 2013
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McLean, Virginia
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Great hiking with scenic views along the Potomac”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Several sections of this wonderful trail to choose from, readily accessible from the C&O towpath. I usually park across from the Old Angler's Inn, head toward Great Falls Park (MD) along a very scenic section of the towpath, and access the Billy Goat Trail at the "covered bridge" and hike back on the challenging terrain back to my starting point -- a comfortable 2+ hours' outing. Sturdy shoes a must for the rocky, uneven "path" - which is often a scramble over boulders, including one very steep incline (or descent, depending on where you started out) with footholds along a crevice between the rocks. Not for those with vertigo or serious joint issues....Great for families with kids who can hold their own on steep terrain for a couple hours, hikers who like variety and views, and the occasional dog with long legs (leave your dachshunds at home.) Take a picnic, and of course, water - there are stretches along rocks in the open sun.

Visited August 2013
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washington, dc
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12 attraction reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good hiking and great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

It's hard to believe that this hike is so close to DC. I've hiked the trail starting when my kids were very young -- it is a great family activity. Parts can be strenuous (especially on a typical hot and humid summer day in DC). The best part is getting out on the rocks overlooking Great Falls on the Potomac River. A great way to spend a couple of hours.

Visited September 2012
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Potomac, Maryland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
33 attraction reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“MUD!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

As long as the weather holds it is a wonderful hike, however if it has rained in the last 24 hours, it mud and mush land. Wear good hiking boots!!

Visited June 2013
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