Lovely history hike with some wildflowers in Spring. If u can leave a vehicle at Friends Meeting House and shuttle, you can make it a one-way hike from Woodlawn to Sandy Spring Meeting House.
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I'm new to hiking trails so I didn't venture too fair on this one. There are clearly marked trails and a few hills here and there so the description of moderate was actually. I enjoyed the scenic views and as it gets warmer I would definitely bring bug repellent because of many of the stagnant ponds in the trail.

I believe this trail (with Montgomery County pdf map and explanatory info) is the most complete EXPERIENTAL explanation of the Underground Railroad experience in all of Maryland! An added bonus is the HUGE White oak near the end (state

If you go late summer, hot, but tons of berries to pick. Print out the info from MoCo, great talking points with kids down the trail. Done this twice with 4 kids.

Nice walk. Got easily turned around after the spring. Everything seemed well marked to me until that point. It was easy enough to get back on track with GPS.

It was an interesting walk with beautiful bridges

The trails are not well marked. This was rather frustrating.

Not too difficult and was a beautiful way to spend time hiking close to home. With a small child, it was perfect and not hard for him either.

Woodlawn Park is quite nice. Amenities and bathrooms are abundant and a welcome site for pre-hike relief. While laden with history, in terms of natural beauty the Underground Railroad Trail this time of year is rather underwhelming. After a few days of rain the creek is still low but wild flowers are starting to bloom. The well established Underground Railroad Trail is easy to follow as it is marked but there are other trails that are unmarked that could be of interest.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

nice serene walk even in the winter.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I initially thought that this was a typical hike on a well-maintained trail, until I cleared the trees into a magnificent meadow. The views were very pretty and led to the Sandy Spring for which the town is named. Despite some unsightly vandalism, the spring was very impressive.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

We also were unable to find marker 9. Sounds like we walked passed it instead of turning, because there wasn't any signage. We did a white and orange look in the opposite direction of marker 9 as well. The actual Underground Railroad trail is not a loop. Overall a nice trail with lots of history.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice walk. Would be easy with young kids. Download the guide from Montgomery County Parks for a more interesting and educational experience

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Great trail...first time hiking with kids. My 8 year old son walked and my 2 year old daughter rode in an umbrella stroller. The beginning and end are sunny the rest shady and I only had to pick her up a few times.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Really beautiful, slightly secluded.

Great little trail with diverse terrain and interesting history. Only downside is that the trail is not a loop--you go up and back the same way.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A pleasant walk. Finding the trailhead from the parking lot was a minor problem - just need to head south down the driveway past the old barn, then hang a left onto the grassy area between the horse fence and the wooded area. Previous reviews are correct in noting that signage between #8 and #9 is not so good. Just follow the gravel path and hang a right along the tree line.

Monday, September 08, 2014

The entrance to the trail was somewhat hard to find from the visitor parking. You'll need to go out the drive, past the old barn. You'll find a bulletin board with the maps for taking. The trails are mostly smooth and easy to navigate. The printed trail map was helpful, though we missed the last trail marker on the first pass. There were no clear trail markers from location #8-#9. When you leave point #8, the spring, you'll meet up with a gravel path, which leads out to a private road. Just before the road, turn right and follow the tree line along the field. You'll soon find the big tree, point #9. The history provided on the map added a nice touch to the hike.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

My hubs and I enjoyed this hike very much. We were there today, Aug. 29, 2013. The summer woods were shady and beautiful on a warm summer morning. The trails are mostly smooth and there are footbridges crossing the spring. We didn't do a guided tour but saw one in progress. The printed trail map was helpful, though we were unable to locate the last trail marker, #9, a 300 year old white oak tree. There were no clear trail markers past marker #8, Sandy Spring. Still we would return to hike here again. This one is perfect for young families and those interested in the Underground Railroad history.

9 months ago

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