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Billy Goat Trails, VA

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It is almost hard to believe there are some beautiful trails within reach from Washington D.C. Even, if you are visiting the city only for a few days, Great Falls is a wonderful escape from D.C’s “architecture/historic” tours.

One can access Great Falls National Park either from Virginia or Maryland side. But, if you looking to get some decent workout/hike out of your visit, I would suggest Maryland side.

Take exit 41 on 495 towards Carderock Recreation Area. Or find direction to the park entrance here.

Billy Goat Section A would give you a good workout and a beautiful view of the river.

Get the Park Map.

There are a couple of steep sections to scramble up/down on this trail making it challenging and fun to hike.

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Park website and many forums describe section A as “strenuous”. I think it is certainly over-estimated.

I personally don’t find it strenuous, and I am not in super shape or anything.

My first real Spring weekend in Washington area after some travels, I decided to tackle Section A, B and C for a good 10-12 mile hike and took about 6-7 hours with plenty of stops for picture taking.

Besides hikers, you will also spot rock climbers on certain sections doing their thing.

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Also, kayaking is another common activity on this section. There are outfitters who can help you with white-water paddling.

C&O Canal runs straight through this park, making it a trail for bikers and runners too.

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Picture below was taken from Virginia side of Great Falls (Potomac river) overlook at sunset.

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