Augusts' hike is going to be a little different! Lets do a local, mid afternoon hike followed by food/drinks/live music at a quaint Irish pub/restaurant off-the beaten path. Lets tackle the Billy Goat Section A and then head to the Irish Inn at Glenn Echo.
This hike is for the experienced hiker - its a 4 mile loop that involves some serious scrambling. The hike offers some beautiful views of Mather's Gorge. More info on Billy Goat Trail is below.
We will meet at 2PM at the parking lot of the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. Bring water, sunscreen, snacks, etc. It will take about 2.5 hours to do the hike. Following the hike, for those interested we'll head to the Irish Inn at Glenn Echo for good pub food/beer and live jazz.
FSCers know how to hike!
The Billy Goat Trail is a 4.7-mile (7.6 km) hiking trail that follows a path between the C&O Canaland the Potomac River within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Great Falls in Montgomery County,Maryland. The trail has three sections: Section A, the northernmost, is 1.7 miles (2.7 km); Section B is 1.4 miles (2.3 km); and Section C, the southernmost, is 1.6 miles (2.6 km)
Section A of the trail, by far the most popular, is on Bear Island and traverses rough and rocky terrain, including a steep climb along a cliff face along the Potomac River's Mather Gorge. At another point in the trail, hikers are required to scramble over and around huge boulders. Sections B and C are less strenuous; section B requires only one brief scramble, and section C has none. Most of the trail is well marked with light blue trail blazes.
Section A is best accessed from the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. Section B and Section C are best accessed fromCarderock, Maryland. All sections of the trail are free, although an entrance fee ($5 per car - 2012) is charged when entering and parking near the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. No fee is charged when parking near Carderock. Due to construction and lack of space, parking is now discouraged near Old Anglers Inn. Dogs are not allowed on Section A, but are allowed on a leash everywhere else in the park. It takes about 2 1/2 hours to do the Section A loop from the parking lot.
The three sections of the trail do not connect directly with each other, but are connected to each other by the towpath along the C&O Canal. The end point of section C is about 2.75 miles (4.4 km) southeast along the towpath from the starting point of section A.
July 2012 FSC hike to Ravens Rock