Located just 18 miles south from the Nation’s capital, the Indian Head Rail Trail is a 13-mile multi-use path in Charles County, Maryland. Converted from an abandoned railroad corridor into a paved, 10-foot wide asphalt path in 2008, this popular trail connects the charming town of Indian Head to Route 301 in White Plains. The relatively flat trail is perfect for biking, walking, running, and in-line skating.
Start in the Village Green, which offers ample parking, water fountains, and rest rooms, as well as plenty of room for a picnic. The Village Green is just a few short blocks from Mattingly Avenue and downtown Indian Head. To get to the trailhead located just a quarter of a mile away, cross the street and follow the signs to the trail down Mattingly Avenue.
Viewing areas of Mattawoman Creek enable the user to stop and enjoy sights of herons, egrets, ospreys, eagles, beavers, otters, Monarch butterflies, and more. Because it is largely surrounded by forestland, Mattawoman Creek is one of the few segments of the Chesapeake Bay to remain relatively pristine.
If you walk past the trailhead on your left, about a ½ mile down Mattingly Avenue from the Indian Head Rail Trail is Mattingly Park, which provides sweeping views of Mattawoman Creek, as well as fishing and boating access.
Region: Southern Maryland
Last updated: April 10, 2015