Hiking the Billy Goat Trail in Washington, DC

by Brian on September 17, 2013

in Guides

Hiking the Billy Goat Trail between the Potomac River and old C&O Canal outside Washington, DC in Maryland

Not far from downtown Washington, DC, are great hikes along the Potomac River. Last Saturday morning, I headed out for a 3-mile hike along a stretch of the Billy Goat Trail in the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historic Park. The trail meanders through hilly terrain between the Potomac River and the remains of the old C&O Canal on the Maryland side. It’s a fairly challenging hike with some spots that require stepping over large rocks and winding down into small revines. Here’s a link to a map of the trail on the National Park Service’s website.

The setting is secluded in the National Park – you feel like you’re in the country even though the DC suburbs surround the area. It’s definitely worth exploring if you’re looking for something other than the standard tourist attractions in DC!

Beautiful day for a hike along the Potomac River in Maryland, looking across to Virginia

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