Hike on the MD Side of Great Falls on Billy Goat Trail 'A'!

Hike on Billy Goat Trail 'A'!

Unlike most popular hiking trails, Billy Goat Trail 'Section A', offers up lots of rock scrambles around or over boulders, plenty of rocky terrain, a short but steep scramble up a cliff face, and heaps of breathtaking views of the Potomac River.

Come on out and climb the boulders with us for good times! What is rock scrambling you might ask? Anytime you have to use your hands to get over rocks or steep parts, we call it rock scrambling. No special gear is necessary for scrambling (gloves optional) and the scramble is only a portion of the hike.



This can be a dangerous hike due to the rocky terrain, uneven ground, boulders, and cliff.

This is a strenuous trail and possibly dangerous...you hike at your own risk! (read note below for more details of the hike).

Come prepared for a hard work out that is lots of fun. I don't want to scare you, just be aware and be careful.....this is no walk in the park.....you hike at your own risk.

The general pace at which we hike is too fast for some and not fast enough for others. I can't promise everyone will be happy. But I sure will try! ;)

The trail is around 5 miles. After the Billy Goat trail we can stop at the waterfall lookout point on the way back to the picnic table area. It is quite beautiful and definitely worth seeing. Note, this will add about 30 minutes to the time. It is a great photo spot!

Plan for around 2 & 1/2 - 3 hrs total. 
We will stop for the views but only briefly.

I am still recovering from an injury and we may go a bit slower than our regular fast pace depending how I feel. Of course, those who want to go faster are free to do so. And if you want to go slower and take pictures or need to take the emergency exit, just let someone know to tell me, so we are not looking/waiting for you.


Bring water, snacks, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, and optional cool sunglasses, dress appropriately for the weather, wearing closed toe shoes with ankle support is highly suggested.

After the hike we can continue socializing with some food and cheer at the Wild Tomato!

7945 MacArthur Boulevard
Cabin John, MD 20818

Note: Sorry but the park rules are there are no dogs allowed on trail "A"


This is not Metro accessible!

Please help each other for rides from the metro if you can.
Go to the main entrance of Great Falls on the Maryland Side.
Pay Ranger Rick $5 or get an annual park pass for $20 which is good for both VA & MD.

Meet us by the refreshment stand near the entrance circle by the parking lot.


We are leaving for the hike at 4:15PM. Please be on time so you don't get left behind.
If you are left behind, go take a hike! ;)

If you can't find us, are lost, or just want to say hi, call my cell:[masked]-9948.
Texting is best as sometimes the service is not so great there for phone calls.

Since I make this a small group, please update your RSVP if you are unable to attend.


Thank you!


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  • Shane

    It was quite hot out, but everyone brought adequate water. Too bad we didn't get any rain like the forecast suggested. Some cloud cover would have been nice.

    July 21, 2013

  • Katherine

    Great hike! Wished the temps weren't that hot though:( but I finished the trail! YES!!!!

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Scott S.

    Thank you everyone for the great company. Lets do it again soon!

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Johanna

    Thanks everyone for enduring the heat!
    And thanks for the entertaining conversation and dinner was great as usual!

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Katherine M.

    Thanks for the great workout, Johanna. I decided I needed a shower more than dinner. Catch you next time!

    July 20, 2013

  • Johanna

    In line

    July 20, 2013

  • Johanna

    On my way. Being extra water

    July 20, 2013

    • Johanna


      July 20, 2013

    • Ted M.

      I got extra water in the car. Hadn't planned to carry it.

      July 20, 2013

  • Aqab


    July 20, 2013

  • Ted M.

    On the way

    July 20, 2013

  • Diane

    Sorry Can't do the heat

    July 20, 2013

  • Johanna

    Make sure you hydrate

    July 20, 2013

  • Ian

    Funny story, my schedule changed again, cant make the hike today. See you next time!

    July 20, 2013

  • Bob

    Can't RSVP Maybe but it may be touch and go as to whether I can make it today, so I better say No. Have fun. Do this again in the fall?

    July 20, 2013

  • Aqab

    Would love to come. But, need a ride from DC. Anyone?

    July 19, 2013

  • Johanna

    Let's risk it and if it rains we can just do one of the other trails

    If it pours we can go see the movie Heat at Angelika and get a bite to eat.


    July 19, 2013

  • R Singh (.

    maybe at this point.

    July 14, 2013

  • Scott S.

    4pm, yes, now I can sleep in

    1 · June 30, 2013

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