|Lockhouse 16 along the C&O Canal|
How can you not love Billy Goat Trail! Located on the Maryland side of the Potomac River, adjacent to the C&O Canal, this trail offers A LOT OF EVERYTHING!
"Section A" of this trail is classic! However, often overlooked, is "Section B" and "Section C". Include the Great Falls overlook at Olmstead Island, and you have ~ 9 miles of some incredible hiking!
For a hike that gets better and better, park at Carderock and start with Billy Goat Trail Section C, moving to B, then A.
|Start of Section C|
|Section C is mostly wooded, running along the rivers edge. A nice, easy trail!|
|The Potomac River - with a small stream feeding in.|
|C&O Canal looking west|
|Section B of the trail|
|This section has a lengthy rock section, this being one portion.|
|Small Creek Crossing|
All of the rain had fallen in the morning. It left a damp, colorful, clean wooded area that started to show the onset of Autumn.
Section A; with its ruggedness, scrambles and views offers a fun hike. To this point I had gone roughly 3.5 miles and was ready to get into this next section. While it is only 1.7 miles in length, they estimate 2 hours to complete. With a photo or two taken, and a short break to enjoy the view, it took me about 1.5 hours to complete this section.
|Section A of the trail starts from the Canal area and immediately heads down to the river area.|
|Some of the initial scrambles...|
|At this stage, you work your way from blue blaze to blue blaze...|
|A stream crossing as you cut inland working your way further up river|
|Up and down, as you climb following the maze of blue blaze|
|Colors and views abound...|
|Hands and feet required.|
|Down I go!|
|Upward from near the bottom|
|Great Falls National Park is just across the river in Virginia.|
But the treat, after a long, sometimes strenuous hike, is the walk back along the C&O Canal. No more twisting, climbing trails to hike, just enjoy the solitude and beauty as you log the 4 miles or so back.
|Keep Hiking, Friends!|