We are going to the Grand Canyon later this summer, so we have planned some local hikes to break in our hiking gear and make sure our hiking muscles are in shape. Our favorite local hiking trail is the Billy Goat Trail, at Great Falls Maryland National Park.
No getting lost in this bright top!
As you can see from the map, the Billy Goat Trail is accessed from the C&O Canal towpath, and takes you through Bear Island. What you can’t see from the map is that you really have to scramble over, up and down boulders–like a billy goat I guess.
The trail is marked by blue blazes, which usually show the easiest way.
The terrain is no joke, but the views are worth it!
I was relieved to realize that I didn’t sprain my ankle until I found out that I chipped a bone on top of my foot. 🙁
If you plan to go hiking on the Billy Goat Trail, go early. The parking lot at Great Falls can fill up, and because may parts of the trail require single-file navigation with tricky climbs and scary leaps, the trail can get congested.