Programs & Events

Henson Tour

Guided Public Hikes

April Through November, Select Saturdays

(Not available December through March)

Learn about the experience of 19th century freedom seekers and Montgomery County residents in a guided hike of the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Discover techniques used for navigation, eluding detection, and finding food/shelter.

Round trip: 2 miles on a natural surface hiking trail. The trail is not ADA accessible or stroller friendly. Woodlawn Museum admission included. Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

Fee: $8 per person Program Length: approx. 1 1/2 hours

Time: 10 am

November 19

Guided hikes resume April 2023

TO REGISTER: Go to ActiveMontgomery keyword search “UGRR”. Reservations and tickets not sold over the phone. Limited walk-in availability day of program, based upon pre-registration numbers.

*Currently each attendee must be registered as an individual member of your household account in ActiveMontgomery.*

For ActiveMontgomery Account questions:

Review these Frequently Asked Questions for Online Registration Customers

Contact ActiveMontgomery Help Desk

(301) 495- 2580 or by using this contact form.

For program questions: Contact Woodlawn’s Reservations Office Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm

(301) 929-5989 (#5) or Email


Preparing for the Hikes

  • Dress appropriate for the weather- typically temperatures are 10 degrees cooler in the woods
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking on a natural surface trail (rocks, branches, mud, etc.)
  • There are no amenities available on the trail. Bring your own water, insect repellent, sunscreen, hand sanitizer and wipes
  • Pets are not allowed on guided hikes except for therapeutic animals
  • Due to interpretive content, the program is recommended for ages 7 and up
  • Program canceled for heavy rain/thunderstorms or poor trail conditions (for example, fallen trees or very muddy trail conditions from heavy rain).

Program Covid-19 Preventative Measures: 

  • Be aware that maintaining physical distancing on the trail may not always be possible.
  • If a participant is sick or has symptoms, stay home.
  • Tour guides will be utilizing portable voice amplifiers to aide in social distancing. No shared use materials will be distributed


For information on Group Hikes

For information on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail 

For WMCP Educational Resources