The Billy Goat Trail in the C&O Canal National Historic Park

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The C&O Canal on the 30th of March and 5th of May

As stated in my previous blog entry I am on my way to Washington DC, again. Now with my guest Sana who will have to be delivered here since she is flying out of DCA airport on Monday.

Just like during my visit a month ago (see here) I paid a visit to the C&O Canal Historic Park on my way to the hotel. Arriving here at the end of the day is a pleasant alternative for being stuck on the crowded highways around DC during rush hour. And I liked the site so much that I wanted to allow Sana to experience it too. Besides that I had a "selfish" purpose for the visit, hiking (at least a part of) the Billy Goat Trail which runs in this park.

The Billy Goat Trail is a rather strenuous trail that runs along the Potomac River and Mather Gorge on rather rocky terrain.

Mather Canyon of the Potomac River, seen from the Billy Goat Trail
The effort for hiking here is rewarded with great views and vistas.

Since we arrived rather late at the C&O site and we did not want the risk to be locked in a National Park again (yes that happened to us, see here!) we only hiked about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) one way of Billy Goat. Still enough to have a good impression of the beautiful area.

It is amazing how one month can change the appearance of a park. During my last visit the trees were completely leafless and now they where loaded with fresh green leaves. The Park Service had also progressed with maintenance. A section of the C&O Canal that had been drained during my previous visit was now filled again.

More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren

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The C&O Canal on the 30th of March…
The C&O Canal on the 30th of Marc…
Mather Canyon of the Potomac River…
Mather Canyon of the Potomac Rive…
Blossoms next to the canal
Blossoms next to the canal
The lock keepers house
The lock keepers house
The goose and the chicks take a wa…
The goose and the chicks take a w…
The lock keepers house on the 30t…
The lock keeper's house on the 30…
The lock keepers house and C&O Ca…
The lock keeper's house and C&O C…
The falls in the Potomac River
The falls in the Potomac River
The falls in the Potomac River
The falls in the Potomac River
The falls in the Potomac River
The falls in the Potomac River
Mather Canyon
Mather Canyon
The typical structure of the Billy…
The typical structure of the Bill…
Some parts of the trail are really…
Some parts of the trail are reall…
Sunset over the Potomac River
Sunset over the Potomac River
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park - MD
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