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Billy Goat Trail is one of the best hikes in Maryland!

The Billy Goat offers a challenging trail that is good for all ages. It offers amazing views of... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
M7533KWmichaelb
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great Area for Hiking, Biking, Picnics or Seeing the Visitors Center & Falls

Great Area for Hiking, Biking, Picnics or Seeing the Visitors Center & Falls Family members visited... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
JohnAnnColumbia_MD
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Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

The Billy Goat offers a challenging trail that is good for all ages. It offers amazing views of the Potomac River and ends close to the Great Falls overlook. This is a must do attraction when in DC.

Right now there is major construction at the Visitor Center, so plan accordingly. Go early to beat the crowds.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank M7533KWmichaelb
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Great Area for Hiking, Biking, Picnics or Seeing the Visitors Center & Falls
Family members visited Great Falls Park in Potomac, MD on Sat. 27 Oct. 2018. We enjoyed learning the history of the Great Falls Tavern and C&O Canal. The static displays were great but the informative movie shown in the back room of the Tavern was especially informative….DON’T MISS IT! Composed of movie clips from 1917 it showed scenes of the operation of the 180 miles of the C&O canal from Cumberland to Washington. It made you feel like you had experienced its entire length.
It’s a short walk down the tow path to the wheelchair accessible elevated boardwalk and bridges that lead to spectacular views of the dramatic roaring falls and cascades. The views from MD are much better than from the VA side. There is a concession stand, many picnic tables in the shade and restrooms. We stayed about 1:30 hr.
There is a $10 parking fee or show your National Parks Pass.
Bring your bikes and bike 2.0 miles south along the picturesque towpath and 4,000 ft long Widewater Lake to the Old Angler's Inn on MacArthur Blvd. Best started at the Inn which has free parking.
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Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank JohnAnnColumbia_MD
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

The visitor center is a little hard to get to if you are from out of town. Google and other apps wants to send you to the Virginia side. It is a really nice park and the rangers were very helpful. A lot of history and a photographers paradise.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

I love visiting Great Falls Visitor Center but with some additional budget, the building can be remolded and interior need major improvements.
Looking forward to see this investment available soon. The management can look for private donations at least.

I am happy we kept this historical site for us to remember and cherish with our kids and grand-kids.

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Vesna M
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Informative displays and friendly staff. It is hard to believe experiencing a piece of local history only 15 minutes away from the concrete jungles.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ZachNate
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