The Matthew Henson Trail runs along a paved surface (rough in places from tree roots) through a narrow band of forested green space between the Rock Creek Trail just south of Veirs Road and Alderton Road at Norwest Branch Park. About 0.5 mile of the trail is boardwalk. The southwest end of the trail follows the course of Turkey Branch through Matthew Henson State Park.
Northeast of Georgia Avenue the trial continues through Matthew Henson Greenway, Bel Pre Neighborhood Park (with connections to both the northern and southern stubs of Rippling Brook Drive) and Layhill Village Local Park, with an eastern terminus connecting to both the northern and southern stubs of Alderton Road.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking and access are available at Winding Creek Park (intersection of Edgebrook Rd. and Charles Rd.), at Georgia and Hewitt Avenues (behind the Global Mission Church), west of Layhill Road at Middlevale Lane and at Layhill Village Park (Queensguard Rd.).
Matthew Henson Trail
This is a lovely trail and a nice one hour round trip. It is a gradual uphill from Rock Creek and Winding Creek Park to Alderton Road, but nice coming back down. The trail facts lists it for in-line skating but the long pieces of wooden boardwalk north ...