Summary: Trail passes through floodplain forest for a gentle hike along the river. Minimal rock scrambling required.
Trailhead: I-495 to Exit 41 (Carderock and Glen Echo); follow Clara Barton Pkwy towards Carderock, passing David Taylor Model Basin and Naval Surface War Center on right. At junction with MacArthur Blvd turn left and continue West to Old Anglers Inn on right at sharp turn in road. Park in lot on left opposite the inn. (Lat:38.99 Lon:-77.24)
Trail Guides for BillyGoat section B:
by Potomac Appalachain Trail Club (PATC)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: National Park Service (301) 299-2026
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joe Cross, who has posted 56 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews Submit your own review
Reviewed by Ben on 8/15/2009
A reasonable length trail: good for beginning hikers like my wife and I. The couple rock scrambling sections aren't difficult and are enjoyable. The views are pretty and the river is great - it's a great escape from the DC area around it!
Reviewed by Tim on 3/14/2006
This is a great hike for an afternoon... its not too long but you can work up a good sweat. There are many areas to branch off the trail and explore rocks and beautiful views of the white water. I would recommend this trail to anyone who likes short trails with great views!
Reviewed by Fletcher on 9/10/2005
Section B is an enjoyable hike and is less travelled that Section A. There are great views of the river and access to a small beach. I take my 3 small children on this hike regularly and it's the perfect distance for them. We're usually lucky enough to see some deer as well.
Reviewed by Andy on 8/3/2005
A very nice trail. Much less strenuious than the Billy Goat Trail further North. This trail is hardly used. When I went today at noon nobody had been on it in at least 24 hours (which ment alot of spider webs to deal with). This is compared to the more popular segment of the Billy Goat Trail which gets over 2000 hikers on the average weekend day. The hike is beautiful with many beautiful views and safe swimming holes. If you hike from Old Anglers down the tow path to the billy goat b entrance, then take the billy goat b trail and the tow path back to old anglers you will have a nice loop with a restful walk back to the car.
Reviewed by Larry on 7/15/2005
I may have a, b, and c mixed up but all are awesome hikes. Strenuous for my 5, 6 and 8 year olds, but the rock climbing, opportunity for rock throwing in the river and variety of views and terrain make it a favored destination for all. Nobody on b in dreary weather or winter.
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