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Billy Goat B Trail Hiking Review

Billy Goat B Trail Hiking Review
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Billy Goat B Trail Hiking Review
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  • Elevation
  • Historical Value
  • Scenery
  • Terrain
  • Trail Markers

Summary

The Billy Goat B Trail is a really nice 2.37 mile trail that takes about an hour to complete. There is good scenery, rock scrambles and climbing. This is a trail great for learning how to climb and hike along the Potomac River and wants to do it in a short period of time (About an hour).

Hike Details

Length: 2.37 Miles
Hours: 1:36.52
Average Speed: 2.1 MPH
Maximum Speed: 6.2 MPH
Maximum Positive Gradient: 4.6%
Maximum Negative Gradient: -6.0%
Total Ascent: 430 Feet
Total Descent: 374 Feet

3.5
User Rating: 4.7 (3 votes)
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Park Information

Billy Goat B Trail Map
C&O National Historical Park Home Page

Address

C&O National Historical Park
11710 MacArthur Blvd.
Potomac, MD 20854

Hours

8am – Sunset

Entrance Fee

Free – Billy Goat B Trail




The Park headquarters is located at 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, MD 20854. There no entrance fee to the entrance of the Billy Goat B Trail (Entrance before entering the park) and it is managed by the National Park Service. To reach the Billy Goat B Trail, head down the Clara Barton Parkway, make a left and park in the Angler Inn dirt parking lot. Walk down to the tow path and walk East and you’ll see the trail entrance on the right side.

Let me first say that the Billy Goat Trail doesn’t disappoint. It doesn’t matter which trail you are on, all 3 trails are great as I’ve reviewed all 3 now. I have to say that I prefer the Billy Goat B Trail over the C because there is more rock climbing and rock scrambles on this one. It’s a trail that runs along the Potomac River like the others which provides amazing views no matter what time of the year you hike it. Make sure you wear good shoes or boots and be careful of the rocky trails. In the Fall and Winter, you may not see the jagged points on the trail due to snow and fallen leaves.

There are a couple of areas along the Billy Goat B Trail that I really liked. I liked the large rock area along the river where you have to climb up. This will give you some great views of the river and I would bring a camera or use your cell phone to take pictures. It’s a beautiful area. After you get through the rock scramble area and as the trail starts to turn North, you’ll notice a beach area on the right. This is a spot that I love to fish from at all times during the year. It’s a great area to take a break and eat or just sit for a while. Another great area for pictures as well.

One note to mention, as the trail begins to head North, you’ll see a sign for the Marsden Tract, make sure you hike back down to the river (make a right at the sign, don’t go straight or left) and not through the campground or you’ll miss a good section of the trail. I didn’t see a blue trail marker and it took me a few minutes to figure it out.

Billy Goat B Trail Hiking Suggestions

  • Bring a bottle or two of water (Seasonal)
  • Wear good hiking shoes, boots or tennis shoes
  • A camera (Great views of the river)

The Billy Goat B Trail is a great trail to learn rock scrambles and get in better shape to hike trails like the Billy Goat Trail Section A where it’s almost all rock climbing. I really liked this trail due to the short amount of time need to complete it and recommend this trail to everyone.

 

Christopher
Chris spends his time photographing and taking video of wildlife and nature. He spent 2 years in high school studying forestry (Gainesville, FL) and is currently studying to be an Advanced Master Naturalist at the University of Florida. His mission is to inspire others to get outside and learn.

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