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Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hike

The Underground Railroad Experience Trail, 2 miles long, is used both as a docent-guided and a self-guided hike through woods and fields that recreates, at least in part, the experience of escaping on the Underground Railroad. The trail in Montgomery County, Maryland, begins at Woodlawn, a 19th century plantation occupied by Dr. William Palmer, a former Quaker who owned several slaves. The site is publicly owned. There is a unique ca. 1832 stone barn near the house that will eventually be converted to a visitor center for the Montgomery County Underground Railroad/Quaker Heritage Cluster. The trail ends at a spring that was used by farms on the outskirts of a Quaker town settled in the 1720s and named for the spring, Sandy Spring. As much as possible, the trail resembles a trail in the early 1800s with native plants, natural surfaces, a replica wooden bridge over a creek, and no sign of modern life. The terrain includes woodlands, a steep descent to a creek, and a cultivated field. The trail is interpreted with a kiosk at the trailhead, modest interpretive signage, and a handout for self-guided tours. The trail is not handicapped-accessible, but is intended for use by all ages.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, 20860

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Shirl Spicer

Location Type: Program