Billy Goat Trail Section A Hike

Spring weather has finally made its belated appearance, so it's time to return to the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls, MD. This is one of Adventuring’s most popular hikes, and with good reason. Where else can you get so much of Mother Nature’s bounty so close to DC? There are rock climbs, spectacular vistas, and views of the more-or-less raging Potomac beneath. Though only 4 miles long, this moderate hike packs a lot of punch; one Internet reviewer calls it “Nature’s jungle gym.” For those ready to make the trek, we’ll meet at the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station (east exit by the Panera, rather than at the Best Buy across Wisconsin) at the civilized hour of 10 a.m. For those who prefer to meet us at our trailhead, please be at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center [11710 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, MD] by 10:45. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, snacks, and a few dollars for admission and trip fees. Those carpooling from Tenleytown will pay a few extra bucks to their drivers. Most important, for those interested, we’ll continue the tradition of stopping at Old Angler’s Inn for lunch and liquid refreshments afterwards before driving home. (This isn’t the expensive main restaurant, but the garden in the back where they have bar food, great drinks, and sometimes very attractive wait staff). For further details contact Devon, (202)[masked], or [masked].

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  • Jeff H.

    A beautiful day, a delightful group of fellow hikers, an expert trip leader, and the one-and-only Billy Goat trail. What a great way to spend a Sunday. And even though I've hiked that trail more than a dozen times, I always went in the opposite direction so in many ways this seemed like a new hike for me. We also had the fringe benefit of a new place to eat afterwards when Old Anglers had the audacity not to open their beer garden today. Thanks Devon for a great day!

    3 · April 14, 2013

  • M L.

    Crowded, but good!

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for a fun morning hike. Thanks Devon for leading and driving me to the park.
    Making curry carrot ginger soup now.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Dan

    This was a fantastic hike, my first time on this trail. The weather was perfect and Devon did an outstanding job leading us.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Harry

    Fantastic hike. Great group. Amazing weather.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    Great leader a little bossy and too caring :-)

    2 · April 14, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    Please bring $2 dollars as I won't have any change.

    April 14, 2013

  • M L.

    Hello Devon and fellow Billy Goats, Looking forward to tomorrow's hike. Have a question about parking, since I've never been to the C&O before. Is there ample parking or are we in danger of not being able to find a spot at our later hour?

    Mary

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Devon: I've appreciated your communication throughout the day and I'm looking forward to meeting you and the rest of the group tomorrow morning. I'm meeting you at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor's Center not later than 1045 so I'll see you there. Sounds like you had a good day today!

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    Ok I have Robert and Marc that will need a ride from the metro. Did I miss anyone else? Everyone else has indicated that they can and will meet us at the visitor center. See you guys in the morning!

    April 13, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    Ok everyone I did this hike today plus B and some of the C&O for a total of 11 miles it was a beautiful day. If you are not attending please un-RSVP. I also will be leaving the metro at 10:15 am so please do not be late. If you will be needing a ride please let me know so that I can coordinate rides. I can carry 3-4 in my car but 4 will be tight.

    April 13, 2013

  • Devon Alexander S.

    Hello Everyone! I just wanted to Welcome you to my first Hike for Billy Goat Section A. If you have not done Section A before please note this this is going to require some rock scrambles, jumping over crevices, climbing up a face of a rock (no equipment needed just a good grip), and seeing some amazing views! Please don't forget to bring water, bug spray, sun block, and since the group seems so small we can decide afterwards if anyone wants to stop by the Inn. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and will be sending a message tomorrow to to everyone to see about car pooling. I have room in my car for 3 people. http://www.chohvip.org/storage/maps/greatfallstrailmap.pdf

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Glenn E.

      I think this trail is more fun with fewer people anyway. Like Old Rag, there are bottlenecks that can become a bit dreary with too large a group. (I have hiked this trail probably 15 times.) Looking forward to seeing everyone!

      1 · April 11, 2013

    • Devon Alexander S.

      I agree Glenn

      April 11, 2013

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