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Billy Goat Trail Section A

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 31' 10 m
Descent: -52' -16 m
High: 137' 42 m
Low: 95' 29 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by JLDay Day

This is a great trail for someone who wants a challenge but doesn't want to travel too far from DC.

JLDay Day

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Sections may be runnable, but this trail is mostly a rocky scramble along the river cliffs.

Description

This trail can be entered from the east or west end. From the east, you would park at the Old Anglers Inn, cross the Canal, and travel west along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath approximately 0.5 miles to the entrance. From the west, park at the Great Falls Visitors Center and head east on the towpath until you reach the trailhead.

The trail itself is a challenging 1.7 miles along the Potomac River through rolling terrain with intermittent rock scramble areas.

Flora & Fauna

Frogs, tadpoles, turtles, spotted newts, and northern water snakes are common in this area.

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Feb 3, 2019
Terry Suehr
Very muddy, but fun and beautiful. 4mi — 3h 00m
Feb 1, 2019
Brian Wilcox
Snow covered and icy in spots, we’ll worth the views and slowdowns. 1.6mi

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Great Blue Heron closeup
Jul 9, 2015 near Potomac, MD
Potomac River MD side.
Jun 6, 2015 near unknown, unknown
Potomac River MD side.
Jun 6, 2015 near unknown, unknown

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