Great Falls National Park (Day Hike, 10 Miles, Strenuous)

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Monday, 02/17/2020

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Calling all rock scramble fans-this is your hike! Let’s spend Presidents Day at Great Falls National Park. We’ll hike several of the trails that loop off of the C & O canal trail. We will do Billy Goat trails A, B and C, as well as the overlook spur trail. Billy Goat A offers some super fun rock scrambling and gorgeous views from a cliff high above the whitewater flowing through Mather Gorge.

Optional stop after the hike for food/drinks/fellowship.

The return time is approximate.  If you have plans that require you to be back in Richmond at a specific time, please communicate this prior to carpooling with someone, or consider choosing a different hike. 

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  1. Norma 6 months ago

    Haven’t been on a hike in awhile! Looking forward to this!

  2. Karol 5 months ago

    I want to ravp to this but the site isn’t letting me purchase trail bucks thru paypal. Just gets stuck at continue. Help.

  3. Karol 5 months ago

    Finally read the fine print and got it!

  4. francoise 5 months ago

    Hi Kim,

    I was just looking at our hike and I see that Billy Goat A and B are closed and I did not know if you knew.
    Hope we can still do the hike. It is just such a lovely one.


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      KimE 5 months ago

      Hey Francoise,
      I am watching to see what happens – should know more by the weekend.

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    KimE 5 months ago

    Hello Hiking Pals! I just spoke with the ranger at Great Falls. Billy Goat A (the rock scramble) is closed due to high water…they are expecting more rain tonight and tomorrow, so his best guess is that A would not reopen by monday.
    Billy Goat B has been closed for several months and they do not know when it will reopen because of storm damage last year.
    Billy Goat C is still open. But is very short and the least exciting of the 3 trails I would say.
    My thinking is to find a new location and table this hike until all gets up and running at Great Falls. I’ll think about alternates and post an update here tonight or tomorrow. Stay tuned and thanks for being flexible!!

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    KimE 5 months ago

    Let’s do Sky Meadows S.P. – we can meet in the same location and time. See y’all Monday morning!

  7. Dawn F. 5 months ago

    I have wanted to do Sky Meadows (and Billy Goat A) again for so long. Unfortunately, I started not feeling well on Tues, but I am still not 100%. I will see how I feel in the morning and let you know whether or not I am coming.

  8. Dawn F. 5 months ago

    Right now, I feel better than I did when I woke up yesterday, but my throat is still a little sore. Have fun!

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    KimE 5 months ago

    Beautiful day to hit the trails….thanks ladies it was A great day!!!

  10. Gail Kemper 4 months ago

    What a wonderful hike, Kim. Thanks so much for improvising & pulling this Sky Meadows hike together . Beautiful day with wonderful folks. Ur da best, bubba!

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