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The Rachel Carson Greenway Trail

When completed, the Rachel Carson Greenway trail corridor will span 25 miles stretching from the historic Adelphi Mill in Prince George's County north to Patuxent River State Park. Just south of the Burnt Mills trailhead, the trail showcases the ruggedness of the wilderness in an urban setting with old growth trees and rock scrambles. North from here the trail travels a corridor of natural and cultural significance through suburbs and terminating in rural farmlands in the county Agricultural Preserve.

We have already started highlighting the existing trails in the corridor with with educational interpretive signs (PDF, 2MB) relating to our county's environmental, historical and cultural heritage.

Unless noted otherwise on the map, trails marked “Natural Surface” and “Hard Surface” are "Shared by All" trails which includes hikers, bikers and equestrians. Additional information about permitted uses of Park trails is available on our Trail User Information page.

Rachel Carson Greenway Trails LocatorDid you know you can hike in the greenway now?

The following portions of the greenway are open:

1) Rachel Carson Conservation Park ( 22201 Zion Road, Olney) is one of the county's premier conservation parks. Click here to find out more about these trails.

Member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom - www.nps.gov/history/ugrr/2) The Underground Railroad Experience Trail (formerly the Rural Legacy Trail) commemorates the Underground Railroad and Quaker traditions. The trail extends from Woodlawn Manor Park, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, to The Sandy Spring and then on to a 300 year old Champion White Ash tree. Click here to find out more about this trail.

3) The Northwest Branch Trail. There's plenty of parking at the Burnt Mills Dam,10700 Colesville Road (US 29) in Silver Spring. From the dam choose to head north to Wheaton Regional Park or south to the hiker/biker trail in Prince George's County. You will be amazed at the natural beauty you will find so close to the city on this trail, including an overlook visited by President Theodore Roosevelt. Click here to find out more about this trail.

Date of last update: February 14, 2013