Indian Head Rail Trail

EASY 14 reviews

Indian Head Rail Trail is a 25.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Indian Head, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

25.9 miles 508 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

road biking

trail running





wild flowers


Beautifully maintained asphalt trail through Charles County's finest meadows, woods and swamps. Plenty of wildlife to see and many places to stop and observe native waterfowl. Several places to park along the trail, but only the La Plata trailhead has parking.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Nice ride but it was cold.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Super nice ride. It was 25 degrees and we were on bikes so we bailed long before finishing. I think it is a spring/fall ride.

road biking
6 months ago

This is a nice trail, not too many users (at least today there weren't). We started from the Indian Head side, rode to White Plains and back, about 28 miles round trip. Riding from Indian Head, you get a quick elevation drop for about a mile, then work on elevation gain for about half the ride to White Plains. The return trip to Indian head yelled a quick ride coasting the slight down-hill for most of the ride, but then you need to get to work to get up the last mile back to the trip head...should be quite easy for the moderate biker.
Lots of over-hanging trees provide good shade on hot and sunny days (like today).

8 months ago

love it.

road biking
8 months ago

It was a nice ride the whole trial was flat land no up or down but I very nice scenery. Will do that ride again and really good trial for beginners like me.

9 months ago

Great day for a ride...

trail running
9 months ago

This is a paved trail that used to be a railroad. There is a large creek along the trail that is great for kayaking. Worth noting the homeowners that love along the trail have left out a coffin replica and further down there is a small bamboo forest.

9 months ago

it was great did it today. Fathersday.

10 months ago

11 months ago

My favorite local trail!!

1 year ago

Awesome trail - very scenic, relatively undeveloped, lots of wildlife, not crowded!

Trailhead Parking:
Mattingly Avenue - MM 0
Rte. 224 - MM 3.2
Bumpy Oak Road (shoulder) - MM 5.5
Bensville Park - MM 9
Middletown Road - MM 11
Theodore Green Blvd. - MM 13

1 year ago

Great for running so long as you don't mind pavement

2 years ago

This is an awesome 13mile one
Way bike and run trail. Beautiful. I highly recommend.

4 years ago