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Indian Head Rail Trail

Bicyclist views Mattawoman Creek from Indian Head Rail Trail

Indian Head to White Plains, Maryland

From 1918 until the 1990s, the 13.4 mile rail line to Indian Head, Maryland saw mostly freight trains rattling and clanking their way to the Naval Surface Warfare Center on the Potomac River below Washington, DC. Thanks to the Federal Lands to Parks program, traffic has resumed. Now, however, it is Charles County residents and visitors on foot, bicycle, and even skateboard, who come to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and a chance to view the Chesapeake tidewater wildlife along Mattawoman Creek. Valued at $3,060,000, the trail is a priceless addition to Charles County’s goal of a countywide trail and greenway system.

Photo: Bicyclist views Mattawoman Creek from Indian Head Rail Trail
– NPS/W. Ormont