The Underground Railroad Experience Trail hike commemorates 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.
Please join us each Saturday for a guided hike on our Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Guided hikes last 2.5 hours and are led 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.
Montgomery Parks now offers 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.
Step back in time and become an Underground Railroad conductor and/or tour guide for the new Visitor Center! 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.