Billy Goat Trail C Loop
ElevationAscent: 140' 43 m
Descent: -139' -42 m
High: 117' 36 m
Low: 57' 17 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A run with small inclines and rocks on the banks of the Potomac River.”— J Weitzner
There are restrooms available some times of year on the right-hand side of the parking area. The trailhead is all the way at the leftmost corner of the parking area indicated with a small sign.
The biggest challenge to runners on this loop is a 10-foot section of creek which has no bridge. The stream is crossed on rocks placed in the stream and is moderately difficult to cross, especially for children. The stream will rise to cover these rocks making the trail impassible within 10-15 minutes of steady rainfall.
Going around the trail leads you to many different habitats. Just on the shores of the Potomac are large pools filled with water which are semi-connected to the river. There is a sand bottom, and they are slow moving, or still, depending on the height of the river. There is also a heavily forested section of the trail with a very mulch-like trail surface. It is a little like a rainforest as the amount of natural material soaks up the heat and moisture.
NOTE: Swimming is prohibited on this trail due to the rapid currents of the Potomac and the danger they pose to inexperienced adventurers.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Great Falls National Park