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BillyGoat Section C

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Potomac River, large rock outcroppings
Near:Potomac, MD
Distance:5.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:150 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: Scenic river views and a small waterfall are encountered on this trail. You begin with a gentle stroll along the C & O canal. Hikers may access the trail via the East, or West trailhead along the canal. Parking across from the Old Anglers Inn fills up fast. Alternate parking is available at Carderock recreation center.
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 C:
Map D
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 Amro on 5/27/2011
Hi, I did not get a chance to hike this trail when I was there last weekend (5/21/11) because the Potomac River had flooded, and the trail was still closed. This was a disappointment to a bunch of folks out there. I just wanted to give a heads up that you should check the below website before you visit to see if there is any news about accessibility.

Reviewed by Paul on 10/8/2009
This is a easy hike that's very pretty. I park in the Carderock Recreation Center (Davy Taylor/Naval Surface Weapons Station exit off of Clara Barton Parkway) in the furthest parking lot on the right (North) side. This is the north end of the Billy Goat C trail (which goes along the river). From the parking lot walk away from the river to the C&O canal. Make a right onto the Canal path and go about a mile South. You'll see a sign for the trail on your right. Come back to the car along the trail. Enjoy.

Reviewed by RJD on 5/31/2007
For the shortest access to Billy Goat C, park in the Carderock picnic area. It's accessible from the Clara Barton PArkway. The parking area is inside the Billy Goat C loop.

Reviewed by RJD on 3/27/2006
As an alternative, you can park at Old Angler's Inn an hike Billy Goat B and C in succession then return by the canal tow path.

Reviewed by JK on 12/30/2005
Park at Carderock Recreation Area to access Section C of the Billy Goat Trail (the easternmost parking lot). There are even picnic tables nearby for you to enjoy lunch. Once you are on the trail watch for the double flash which comes up pretty quickly. You can either continue hiking east or take the trail in the other direction along the Potomac. It emerges in a parking lot at the western end of Carderock. If you choose to continue in an easterly direction at the split, there is only one section that I thought was challenging. That was crossing a stream strewn with boulders. The rest of the hike is pretty easy and I took my 6-year old along with me. The eastern portion of Section C emerges at the C&O Canal towpath.

Reviewed by AML on 10/19/2003
Beware these directions! The Old Anglers Inn is situated next to Billy Goat Sec A, you need to hike East for a good ways -- possibly a couple of miles -- to hit Sec C (past Sec B). After several minutes of wandering around looking for the trail head we finally ended up just hiking Sec A, but I would recommend parking much further downstream if you want to hike C.

Reviewed by BES on 8/30/2003
Awesome Hike! A must do!

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