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Moonlight Hike C&O Canal to Great Falls (MD)

Called the Billy Goat Trail, The Capital Hiking Group gets a permit from the National Park Service especially so they can lead this monthly hike under the full moon, let's join them. It is 4 miles, flat terrain, very easy hike. Directions:
a. From the Beltway (I-495), take exit # 41, which is immediately north of the American Legion Bridge. When taking exit # 41, take it west towards Carderock / Great Falls, Maryland.
b. This puts you on the Clara Barton Parkway, heading west. Stay on the Clara Barton Parkway for 1.7 miles until you come to a flashing stoplight.
c. Make a left turn at the flashing stoplight onto MacArthur Blvd. Go for 1 mile until you see the Old Anglers Inn on your right side. Park in the parking lots across the street from the Old Anglers Inn.

What to bring:
a. A flashlight
b. A small bottle of water
c. Insect repellent
d. Comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine)
Difficulty / Terrain: This hike is mostly over flat terrain along the C&O Canal towpath and the Berma Road. This hike is considered to be an easy hike.
Dogs: Dogs are welcome, so long as they are kept on a leash at all times, are friendly around people and other dogs, and are not taken out on the walkway to Olmstead Island.
It’s best to arrive about 10-15 minutes before the start of the hike (around 8:15 – 8:20 p.m).

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  • Wallace B.

    I am here in the parking lot now

    October 18, 2013

  • Wallace B.

    I am meeting up to carpool with three Capital Hiking Group at the West Falls station. I plan to be in the Billy Goat Trail parking lot directly across from the Anglers Inn by 8:15. Then we will gather. Here's my text, just in case:[masked]

    October 18, 2013

    • Laura

      Lack of sleep has caught up with me & I'm too beat for a hike.

      October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Afraid I'm not going to be able to make it after all. Enjoy the hike, it's a nice one!

    October 17, 2013

  • Laura

    I'm bringing a couple of friends who will enjoy the hike & the company.

    October 17, 2013

  • Bonnie J.

    Due to work unpredictability and other potential complications, I may not make it, but I will try. Hope to see you there. If I come, I could drive someone back into DC.

    October 17, 2013

  • Laura

    I've been told that this is a great path, but not flat as promoted. Friend tells me it involves climbing over giant boulders. Can someone confirm?

    October 17, 2013

    • Wallace B.

      Climbing over boulders? Hardly! It is flat as can be the whole way. There is a boulder at the end that some people 'climb' up 3 feet to rest upon, but that is their prerogative and it gets crowded quick!

      October 17, 2013

    • Laura

      Thanks Wallace. I'm still in!

      October 17, 2013

  • Wallace B.

    There is chatter on the Capital Hiking group (which we are joining) about carpooling from West Falls Church station for those who can Metro to there. We have two cars showing up, but maybe a third would be good because my car is small, any drivers willing to show up at West Falls?

    October 16, 2013

  • Mike

    I live near All Souls and need a ride. Is there anybody in the area willing to share their car?

    October 14, 2013

  • Wallace B.

    How are people doing for carpooling and rides? I'm coming from Herndon, so I'm not much help, but those from DC might like to double and triple up.

    October 14, 2013

  • Laura

    I thought the Capital Hiking Club provided a bus that you can take to the start of the hike?

    October 13, 2013

    • Wallace B.

      That is for day trips at 8am Saturday mornings

      October 13, 2013

  • Laura

    I wasn't planning to participate, but your comments talked me into it (as long as the weather is nice). I also like the idea of grabbing a bite/refreshment following. I live in Capitol Hill if anyone wants to carpool from this area.

    October 13, 2013

  • Stacy

    This is one of my dog's favorite hikes - Chuma and I will be there. However, since the C+O towpath is also a victim of the govt shutdown, we might want to have an alternate location. Also, since this is also when the Capital Hiking Club has their moonlight hike, we might want a way to gather the ASC folks together before and do short intros. Also, the hiking club gathers at the Anglers Inn afterwards for dinner and beer. Would also be a good place to meet and mingle.

    October 7, 2013

    • Wallace B.

      We will certainly gather beforehand, it is easy to do this due to the open but small area the hiking group usually occupies for 10 minutes or so before the hike starts. I am interested to hear suggestions for what might make a good backup plan for a hike. I've never been privy to the after hike dinner at the Anglers Inn afterwards. I like this idea.

      October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That sounds like fun! Thanks for arranging, and count me in!

    October 7, 2013

    • Wallace B.

      could you click on the RSVP for it so we keep a headcount? kinda helpful, thanks!

      October 7, 2013

  • Wallace B.

    We can arrange a carpool to get over there. I've done this hike twice over the summer with this group and it is a very serene evening hike.

    October 7, 2013

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