“A nice morning hike, the Billy Goat Trail Section A has a few tricky spots.”
— JLDay Day
River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The Billy Goat Trail Section A
is one of the most well-known hikes in the Metro D.C. area and for good reason. With nearly a mile of fun rock-hopping and spectacular views of the Potomac River along the way, this circuit is loads of fun with plenty to see.
Need to Know
Getting here early is a must because it can become crowded very quickly. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear shoes with good ankle support and tread.
This is a moderate 4-mile hike minutes from the hustle and bustle of our nation's capitol. For a place so close to a major metropolis, this place is truly magical. Wild power and natural beauty are on display here as you watch the Potomac force its way through the rocky crags of Great Falls and the narrows just above Mather Gorge.
As you hike along, you can witness extreme sports like whitewater kayaking and rock climbing firsthand, while at the same time study the micro-ecosystems of the never-ending vernal pools scattered along Billy Goat Trail Section A
While it's always stunning to experience, all of this power and beauty has its price: crowds. Since the C&O Canal runs straight through the middle of the park, any reasonably suitable day for being outdoors will bring throngs of people to the park. Needless to say, try to get there early to escape the crowds. Then at least, you'll only have to deal with the crowds as you follow Berma Road
back to your car.