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Billy Goat Trail

11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854-1659
+1 301-767-3714
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One of the Best Hiking Treasures Around

We've tried all 3 Billy Goat Trails and each in its own way offers delight, challenges and... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Elaine H
Rockville, Maryland
Great hike with good views of the river; no dogs, bring water!

I finally hiked Billy Goat Trail A after many visits to Great Falls Park. Trail A is the most... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Elana P
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11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854-1659
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

We've tried all 3 Billy Goat Trails and each in its own way offers delight, challenges and priceless views of the Potomac River in all seasons. It would be difficult to select a favorite, but each is do-able though the "A" trail seems more of...More

Thank Elaine H
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I finally hiked Billy Goat Trail A after many visits to Great Falls Park. Trail A is the most athletic of the hikes available and there are no dogs allowed (for good reason, unless your dog knows how to rock climb). To access section A...More

2  Thank Elana P
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I495 to exit 41 left on McCarthur Blvd leads u to the parking areas. I parked across from the visitor center near the bathrooms which were super clean! So parking here u kinda do the Billy Goat Trail in reverse, meaning the Marker #s go...More

1  Thank riva9129
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Before you attempt this hike, please verify that it has reopened (also the trail to the Great Falls view has been temporarily closed due to flooding damage).

3  Thank Ferdydurke
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The Billy Goat Trail is definitely one of the best hikes in the DC area; its a challenging hike, so come prepared with water, athletic gear, and be ready to climb/scramble. Parking can be challenging on crowded days.

1  Thank TravelingGuy4400
Reviewed 25 March 2017

So close to DC, it's a great feeling to get out on a hiking trail along the mighty Potomac River and feel like you are worlds away. The trail is rocky, with some climbing and descending on uneven terrain. Even on a cold day, locals...More

Thank Fran S
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Great hiking trail that is located along the Potomac River on the Maryland side. It is a great work out but be careful because portions of it can be dangerous and/or hazardous. Enjoy!

1  Thank Phil F
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

So my review title has two meanings. The section A portion of the trail is super fun and a great workout however it is extremely rocky with rugged and slick patches. I recommend coming from the north as the traverse is easier to climb up...More

2  Thank jehenson81
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice trail, class 1, can be done as a loop. Parking fills quickly. Bathrooms available. Trail markers easy to find and reliable. Great for kids of any age. There are stroller accessible portions nearby - but Billy Goat trail itself is not stroller friendly....More

Thank majshanman
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We want to go again, we love it. We went with friends and we had a great time. Good to ride bike. Beautiful views.

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I'm trying to decide which part of the trail to do. I have a son who is 4. We do a lot of hiking in west at a variety of national parks but nothing with jumping from large rocks. He can go probably 4 miles. Input and thoughts on this trail?
19 August 2016|
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Response from Sara_sakflva | Reviewed this property |
Thanks everyone. We did it last weekend. The rock wall had my husband and I helping my son but other than that. We were good and we had a blast.
Does anyone know if it is easy to get to airport from here after a hike??
28 July 2016|
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Response from ShahPriyanka00 | Reviewed this property |
I think you need a car to get to both Dallas international airport and Ronald Reagan Airport . Both are around 25 mins drive