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Matthew Henson Trail

Matthew Henson Trail Locator Map Description

The trail begins at the intersection with the Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail at Winding Creek Local Park on Dewey Road, runs northeast through Matthew Henson State Park near Hewitt Avenue and Bel Pre Elementary School and continues east across Layhill Road to Alderton Road.

Unless noted otherwise on the map, trails marked “Natural Surface” and “Hard Surface” are "Shared by All" trails which includes hikers, bikers and equestrians. Additional information about permitted uses of Park trails is available on our Trail User Information page.

Matthew Henson Trail Map (pdf, 1.6MB)


Hiking Biking and roller blading Roller Blading


Begins at the Rock Creek Trail at Winding Creek Local Park in the down county.

Trail length/surface

The 4.2 mile, 8-foot-wide hard surface trail features 0.6 miles of wooden boardwalk.

Trail characteristics

The trail is surrounded by parkland, forested area, thousands of trees and shrubs and the Turkey Branch Stream.

Drinking water

Information coming.


Winding Creek Local Park

Access and parking

See Map. Wheelchair access not available from the Layhill Village parking lot.


Report trail problems or repairs: 301.670.8080, Non-emergency: Park Police 301.949.8010

Date of last update: February 14, 2013