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Underground Railroad Experience Trail


Underground Railroad Experience Trail Locator MapThe Underground Railroad Experience (UGRR) Trail commemorates the involvement of Montgomery County residents in the Underground Railroad and celebrates the Quaker heritage and traditions of Sandy Spring. This 2.0-mile trail is natural surface and includes sign markers keyed to the trail map (PDF, 242KB).

Underground Railroad Network to Freedom logoThis trail is part of the National Park Service Network to Freedom program which is comprised of historic places and educational or interpretive programs associated with the Underground Railroad nation-wide.

NOTE: The Friends Meeting House is not part of the trail but may be reached by walking along Meeting House Road. The Meeting House is still used for religious services. Trail users are asked to be respectful when viewing the building and remember that silence is an important part of their worship service.

Unless noted otherwise on the below and 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.

Guided Hikes

Saturdays | April - November 5 |  NEW! Registration required at
Trained 'conductors' lead groups on simulated Underground Railroad Experience hikes. Hikers learn various techniques that freedom seekers used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way North to freedom.

Self-Guided Hikes
Trail Details


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The trail is located in the northeastern portion of the county in the community of Sandy Spring. The Underground Railroad Experience Trail is part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. It is also one segment of the Rachel Carson Greenway Trail Corridor, a 25-mile trail corridor that will one day connect Patuxent River State Park to Prince George's County.

Trail length/surface

2.0 miles/Natural Surface

Trail characteristics

The trail is very scenic. Although located primarily in the woods, the trail does go around a corn field in one section. The trail has one stream crossing with stepping stones.

Drinking water




Access and parking

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park (very limited onsite parking), town of Sandy Spring - see trail map (PDF, 242KB)


For guided hikes or school fieldtrips outside regularly scheduled times, contact Mark Thorne, Program Manager, Woodlawn Visitor Center at: 301-563-7505 or email: Park Manager may be contacted at 301-774-6255, ext 4

Last update: August 9, 2016