Billy Goat Trail--sect A

  • May 6, 2012 · 9:30 AM

EDIT:  Apparently the Park Service has closed the Old Anglers Inn parking area to perform construction/ repair on the damaged towpath.  We'll need to find alternate parking, I'm suggesting parking at the Great Falls Visitors Center ($5/car) at 11710 MacArthur Blvd in Potomac; we'll hike southbound on the A section, rather than our typical northbound route


Temporary Closure of Parking Facilities, Restricted Access near Anglers (Through 2012)

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is pleased to announce a contract for the repair of the towpath breach near Angler's (Mile 12) has been awarded to Classic Site Solutions. Work is expected to begin in late-November 2011 and be completed in the fall of 2012. This much needed repair will restore water flow in the canal after the 125 foot breach in the towpath is rebuilt. This work will require a closure of all parking areas across from the Old Angler's Inn, as well as the lower kayak drop off lot.

While the park regrets this inconvenience to the public, it is necessary to assure visitor safety. Vehicular traffic will be prohibited from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for most of the contract duration. Every effort will be made to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists using the area; however, all visitors are asked to obey posted closure signs and stay on the designated detour routes for their safety. Please obey flagmen and regulatory signs and do your part to assure that construction proceeds as quickly and safely as possible.

Visitors seeking parking facilities and access to the park are encouraged to try nearby C&O Canal locations of Great Falls and Carderock, either are within a few miles of Anglers. Click here for Anglers reroute directions.



OK...I'm going to temp fate, and re-schedule this it is, it's been nearly a year (June 2011) since we've been back here.  Join us for a Sunday morning hike; optional lunch/brunch at afterwards. 


[b]Trail notes[/b] (especially for those who have not been here): Although there is no NET elevation change, this is stiall a moderately strenous hike. Nearly all of the two miles out is rock scramble, on exposed rock surfaces (inlcuding one short, but steep scramble down a cliff face). IF you have agility or balace issues, or a serious fear of heights, this may not be for you. Per Park rules: [b]Dogs are NOT allowed on section A. (Trust me you would not want to carry Fido on this one anyways[/b]) The return leg is along the flat, level C&O canal challenges there....OR: if the group's up for it: we can return along the Billy Goat, and do the rock scramble in reverse. [b]This hike is on exposed rock surfaces. Therefore rain/snow that morning will cancel/postpone.[/b] Wet rock is not fun

Meeting Place: Park in the lot across from Old Anglers Inn. Walk to the bottom of the lot in the direction of the towpath. The address for the Old Anglers Inn is 10800 MacArtuhur Blvd, Potomac MD. Look for parking areas across the road from the Inn.


Directions here:,-77.246933&spn=0.05789,0.1157&om=1&iwloc=addr


This is a moderate 4 mile hike minutes from the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capitol. It’s a great place to develop “hiking legs”. For a place so close to a major metropolis there is so much …. wild power and natural beauty here as you watch the Potomac force its way through the rocky crags of Great Falls and the narrows just above Mather’s Gorge The hike description is found on the midatlantichikes webiste:

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  • Dave

    The trail was great and the weather could not have been better. Thanks for setting up the hike.

    May 7, 2012

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