Underground Railroad Experience Trail [CLOSED]

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Underground Railroad Experience Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.9 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: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 239 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

closed

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy fun hike- woods and meadow and river. I’ve seen a turtle and deer and plenty of great birds here. Also the most handsome tree in all the world can be found on this trail.

walking
2 months ago

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hiking
muddy
4 months ago

A great afternoon. The trail was hard to follow, particularly after we found the Spring. We had fun though, trying to figure out how to get back. The trail itself was muddy in some places but fairly easy. The thing that made it Moderate perhaps is the lack of trail markings and the mud. Will do it again n the Spring.

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
bridge out
6 months ago

A little confusing signs/markings around the big open field and one bridge had a tree in front of it. But fun setting with neat history.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
6 months ago

Perfect way to get away from life’s chaos! Calm walk featuring animals, birds, meadows, bridges, and a stream

Historical and pleasant but nothing exceptional trail -wise. Go once for the history. Get the handout at the beginning of the trail to learn the history.

hiking
8 months ago

While I love this trail and use it for running 3-5 times per week, I am fed up with the horse shit. The trail is a mess now.

hiking
9 months ago

Have done this trail twice, once with a Girl Scout brownie troop and once with my young child. Excellent educational hike. Highly recommend.

hiking
10 months ago

just not a great trail. Mostly walking in a field. Then residential area.

hiking
10 months ago

As others have said this is an out and back trail. Not a loop. Nice 4.5 miles if you count where you walk from car to trail head. Pick up a map at visitor center. Terrain is not difficult

hiking
10 months ago

Great experience! Trail is well maintained. As other users stated - make sure to grab a map at the trail head!

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running
10 months ago

So much cooler temperature-wise.

hiking
Mon May 27 2019

Fun, educational and bucolic setting. Mixture of trail types with moderate up and down.

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

Fine trail, but nothing that exciting.

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

Beautiful day to experience history, the trails were clear

running
Sat Mar 23 2019

Plenty of trail markers, nice firm trail.

hiking
muddy
Sat Jan 26 2019

Sun Jan 20 2019

Trail is not as poorly marked as other reviews indicate. Pick up a map at Woodlawn Manor. When you get to the open field, follow the woods around to the right. Lots of birds in the field. Deer sign everywhere. Trail was very muddy and snowy but recent ATV tracks made it easy to follow.

Tue Jan 01 2019

Trails are not clearly marked.

hiking
Sat Dec 01 2018

Beautiful walking trail in Montgomery County with tons of history! Today was pretty cold and muddy. The trail took us about 1 hr 15 minutes at a leisurely pace. We passed only one other person. The trail marking was not as bad as we expected based on previous reviews, but could be improved in a few areas.

Sun Sep 30 2018

Very beautiful musuem and trail . This trail is not well marked - it is located behind a horse farm on the underground railroad museum property. There is a small sign with a hiking man. I Took my daughter (8years old) and our dog. Not too difficult. Beautiful Creek and spring. Some spots are a little over grown- so be careful of postion ivy . Overall pleasant.

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

This trail really should be an out and back instead of what is being shown on this website. I'd recommend picking up a trail map at the visitor center before getting started as there are various points on the trail that are marked that have little blurbs about them on the map. The trail is very nicely maintained and for the most part well marked if you do the out and back. I wouldn't recommend trying to follow the trail map on this site. It will take you into a field where there isn't really a marked path.

Mon Aug 13 2018

The trail is not well marked.

hiking
Sun Apr 29 2018

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. For Hands-on History Field Trip reservations or info on Teas and Tours for groups Contact: WoodlawnManorMuseum@Comcast.net Website: WoodlawnManorMuseum.com

hiking
Mon Apr 23 2018

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.

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