Underground Railroad Trail

Sandy Spring, Maryland

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Hiking the Underground Railroad Trail in Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park lets kids walk 4 miles in the historic shoes of slaves and experience their journey as they escaped slave owners on the path to freedom. Woodlawn Manor and the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House were used to hide slaves on the run. Woodlawn Manor is the trailhead and first interpretive location for the Underground Railroad Trail. While this trail route doesn’t include the Meeting House (built circa 1817), you can extend your hike an additional half mile out and back to visit it. You can print an interpretive trail guide from the Montgomery Parks website (the park and trail directory section). Along the trail, signs indicate historical features of the Underground Railroad.
Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond

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Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond

by Jennifer Chambers (The Mountaineers Books)

Hiking the Underground Railroad Trail in Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park lets kids walk 4 miles in the historic shoes of slaves and experience their journey as they escaped slave owners on the path to freedom.

Woodlawn Manor and the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House were used to hide slaves on the run. Woodlawn Manor is the trailhead and first interpretive location for the Underground Railroad Trail. While this trail route doesn’t include the Meeting House (built circa 1817), you can extend your hike an additional half mile out and back to visit it. You can print an interpretive trail guide from the Montgomery Parks website (the park and trail directory section). Along the trail, signs indicate historical features of the Underground Railroad.

© 2014 Jennifer Chambers /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sandy Spring
Distance: 4.0
Elevation Gain: 485 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Swimming
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park
Local Maps: Available on Montgomery Parks website
Driving Directions: Directions to Underground Railroad Trail

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Apr 2018