Just outside Washington, D.C., is an unusual meeting place for plants and animals. The Potomac Gorge encompasses a landscape of great ecological significance and stunning beauty, with 15 globally rare species.
Our audio guide will help you navigate Bear Island's renowned Billy Goat Trail, highlighting rare plants and native specimens such as the "Sigafoos tree".
Visit the preserve page to plan your visit and then download the audio tour map (PDF). The numbers marked on the map correspond to the audio files in the tour. You can also use the topics guide to customize your tour.
Next, download the audio files to your mobile device. Cell service at many of our preserves can be unreliable. We recommend you download the recordings and maps before you visit. Need a little help saving the files? Check out our step-by-step guide!
MEET YOUR GUIDE
Deborah Barber is Director of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/D.C. chapter. She enjoys exploring nature both on her own and with others, especially her children, who often spot interesting things that adults miss. She enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, and learning about geology.
DOWNLOADABLE FILES (mp3 format)
- Come Prepared
- Dogs and the Billy Goat Trail Section
- Great Falls Tavern
- Boat Tours
- The Great Falls Overlook
- Mary's Wall
- Common Trees Along the Canal
- Start of the Billy Goat Section
- The River's Edge on the Billy Goat
- Bedrock Terrace Habitat
- Sigafoos Trees
- Tree Species Along the Billy Goat
- Pothole Alley
- River Erratics
- Along Pothole Alley
- Considering Turning Back
- The Asiatic Clam
- River Oats
- Coming Down off the Rock Terrace
- The Traverse
- Boat Ramp
- Emergency Exit
- Purple Horse Beach
- Maryland Chutes
- Ebony Spleenwort
- End of Billy Goat Section A
- Returning to the Tavern
- Wildlife Along the Canal
- Canal and Locks
- Building the Canal
- Washington Aqueduct Dam and Conn
(All files are .mp3 and should download automatically once clicked. If you have trouble downloading, right-click each file and then select "Save")
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