Last time we did trail A and it was great. Now let's try trails B and C!
Elevation change: minimal, 20 to 60 feet
Terrain: dirt, rocky, some rock scrambling over angle-faced rocks
Access point: near Great Falls Tavern
This is not a novice hike.
$5.00 parking fee for each vehicle
GPS address for Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center:
11710 MacArthur Blvd.
Potomac, MD 20854
From localhikers website: "Begin this hike along the towpath of the historic Cheasapeake and Ohio Canal, completed in 1850 after 22 years of work and mishap, and operated for 73 years between Georgetown and Cumberland, MD. The blue-blazed Billy Goat Trial turns toward the Potomac River at Widewater (a natural wide basin where the barges were able to pass) and leads backwards in history 180 million years to the time when the palisades of the Potomac were first forming. The trail skirts the edge of Bear Island, passing giant potholes as it follows along the top of the cliffs of Mather Gorge. This portion of the hike is quite rugged and necessitates a good bit of rock scrambling. The blue blazed painted on the rocks help to locate the route. The return trip is an easy stroll along the towpath. Although this hike is only 4 miles in length, it may be rather slow going on the rocks - and the view will invite you to stay awhile."