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Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes

Underground Railroad hike through Woodlawn Manor Cult. Park

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Programs & General Information: 301-650-4373
Park Hours: The park is open to the public dawn to dusk. Limited parking is available behind the Manor House.

GUIDED HIKES | SELF-GUIDED HIKES | GROUP TOURS | VOLUNTEER

Underground Railroad Trails map image Underground Railroad Network to Freedom logogAbout the Trail

The Underground Railroad Experience Trail hike commemorate the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring, MD. This trail is also part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program.

In the event of severe weather, please call ahead to make sure the park will be open. On Saturday mornings, please call 301-650-4373 and a recorded message will advise you of the park hours.

Underground Railroad Experience HikeGuided Hikes

NEW! After May 14 registration is required at ActiveMontgomery.org | Saturdays through the first Saturday in November | 10:00 am | 9:00 am during July and August

Please join us each Saturday for a guided hike on our Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Guided hikes last 2.5 hours and is provided by talented volunteer "conductors" who lead groups on a simulated Underground Railroad experience covering 2.0 miles from Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park along a wooded, natural surface trail to the historic Sandy Spring, then back to the park. Hikers will learn about various techniques that "freedom seekers" used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way North to freedom.

Guided hikes are available during the week by request for groups of 10 or more. Request your hike online through our Group Tours & School Fieldtrips Program or call 301-650-4373.

2016 Schedule and Times
  • April 2 - June 25 | Guided Hike begins at 10:00 am
  • July 2 - August 27 | Guided Hike begins at 9:00 am
  • September 3 - October 29 | Guided Hike begins at 10:00 am
What to know before a guided hike...
  • Beginning May 14, 2016, reservations are needed for Saturday morning hikes. Register online at ActiveMontgomery.org - enter "UGRR" or "Underground Railroad".
  • One (1) hike is held each Saturday morning, starting at 10:00 am
  • Hike lasts about 2.5 hours and begins at the Stone Barn in the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
  • Trail is not ADA-accessible and not suitable for all strollers.
  • For groups of 10 or more, please contact Park staff to register your group
  • Guided hikes are usually conducted rain or shine
  • For your safety, we do not hike during heavy rain or downpours, high winds, stormy or poor trail conditions, so please call ahead to make sure the park will be open.
  • Interpretive content is suitable for children ages 8 and up.
  • Only therapeutic animals are allowed on the guided hikes. Please leave all pets at home.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking.
  • Tick season is here! Be ready to hike outdoors

Woodlawn Stone Barn, built 1832.Self-Guided Hikes

  • Trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk
  • Download an Underground Railroad Trail map (242KB, PDF) and enjoy a lovely hike through history
  • Groups of 25 or more, need to make arrangements with the Park Permits office - email at mcp-parkpermits@mncppc-mc.org or call 301-495-2525
What to know before hiking on your own...
  • Parking is very limited - especially Saturdays and Sundays
  • Trail is not ADA-accessible and not suitable for all strollers
  • Weekdays are the best days to hike
  • Besttimes to hike on the weekends are before 12:00 noon. (This park hosts many large special events and weddings each weekend, May - October.)
  • Restrooms are limited - a portable toilet is only available when the Woodlawn Visitor Center is closed
  • Bicycles are not permitted on this trail
  • Tick season is here! Be ready to hike outdoors
  • Learn more about the Underground Railroad Experience Trail

Group Tours & School Fieldtrips

Group ToursNEW! Parks is now offering a new fieldtrip experience, "World of Young Benjamin Palmer" for students grades 3rd - 5th with hands-on activities that explore the world of Woodlawn's early residents during the mid-1800s. Parks also offers Group & School Tours of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, one of our most prominent historic sites to the public for students 4th and up, as well as adult groups. All tours will be presented by trained conductors who will make history come alive for your group.

In search of historic volunteers adVolunteers

Step back in time and become an Underground Railroad conductor! FREE training sessions are held during the season and include a guided hike on the trail. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, and be able to commit to six Saturdays (or weekdays) per the season through the first weekend of November. SSL hours are eligible.

For more information, please call 301-650-4373.

Last updated May 16, 2016