Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Billy Goat Trail

Our Opinions about the Billy Goat Trail
The Billy Goat Trail was a ton of fun! At first, we didn't know where to go (because we are noobs!) but we quickly found the trail with the help of some fellow hikers. Unfortunately, the part we wanted to hike, part A, was closed because the Potomac River flooded the trail. We ended up hiking part B of the Billy Goat Trail. It was an easy hike along the Potomac, and even though we were looking forward to the challenging part A trail, it was still very enjoyable. The trees were marked with blue paint so it was virtually impossible to get lost. However, our hike was cut short when the path led us straight into the Potomac River! Apparently, this trail was flooded too. Overall, we had an awesome time, but make sure not to go on these trails after a huge rainstorm.

Our firsthand account of part B

I LOVED the hike! Next time I'll be sure to pack some sandwiches so I can have a picnic on the rocks. There is also a really pretty lake at the part A trailhead, which I never knew about. I recommend you all go check it out!
- Natalie

Today was a great day because I got to sleep in. I couldn't go on the trail with Natalie and Mishta because of my knee, but I wish I could've gone and I'm glad they had fun.
- Haley

I loved the Billy Goat Trail, even though it would've been 100 times better if there were actual goats on it! Singing songs with Natalie while we hiked was the highlight of my trip and we both decided that we're going to go back as soon as we can to hike the challenging part of the trail. 
- Mishta 
Mishta at the trailhead

Location: 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854
The Billy Goat Trail is a 4.7 mile hiking trail along the Potomac River. It's a moderately challenging hike, so it's a great workout, but not meant for really young kids. There are three sections of the trail: part A, part B, and part C. Part A is the most popular and difficult part of the trail because it's steeper and hikers are required to scramble over rocks at some points. Parts B and C are less strenuous and the path is clearly marked. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the trail, so make sure you leave a bowl of water at home for Buddy. The Billy Goat Trail is a great way to get some exercise while enjoying Maryland's flora and fauna.

Admission Price: FREE
Time: Everyday, dusk to dawn
Location: Potomac, MD
Transportation: Free parking across from Old Angler's Inn

Our Rating: ★★★★