Underground Railroad Experience Trail

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Underground Railroad Experience Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sandy Spring, Maryland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
209 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

This is a pleasant walk that demonstrates typical terrain faced by escaped slaves making their way to freedom on the underground railroad. Features of the trail are marked by the little white signs shown in the picture. These sign are the only markings on the trail and one must be careful not to wander off on one of the many unmarked side trails. If you elect to walk up Meeting House Road, please observe silence near the Friends Meeting House if it's Sunday. The road is private property.

4 months ago

It was an interesting walk with beautiful bridges

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

walking
11 months ago

nice serene walk even in the winter.

hiking
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.

walking
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.

walking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Really beautiful, slightly secluded.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

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.

walking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, August 20, 2012

WoodlawnManorMuseum.com (Step Back In Time) expands on the Underground Railroad Trail Experience by offering Hands 0n History Field Trips back at the plantation during the week from Monday thru Friday at Woodlawn Manor and the Slave Log Cabin from 10 am to 12:30 pm by reservation only for large groups. Docents in period costume present living history that expands the trail experience with the local history of Woodlawn, the UGRR, and African Slave Life on the plantation...slave music, grind parched corn, churn butter, carry yoke and buckets. Excellent educational programs. Info and Reservations by calling 301 570-5722 or email thru the website at WoodlawnManorMuseum.com.

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