Matthew Henson Trail


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Matthew Henson Trail Facts

States: Maryland
Counties: Montgomery
Length: 4.5 miles
Trail end points: Alderton Road (Aspen Hill) and Rock Creek Park Trail at Winding Branch Park (N. Bethesda)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6437864

Matthew Henson Trail Description

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 Reviews

nice easy trail

Good trail for an easy short ride. Rolling hills give you a quick escape from reality.

short but great!

Lots of hills, and forest. I would avoid on a bike when wet because there are lots of boardwalk bridges. This is definitely one of the best trails in the area.

very relaxing and pretty trail

I have biked the Matthew Henson Trail many times and it is very relaxing as it follows the water or has raised bridges in a very wooded area. Parts of it are inside a residential neighborhood but you would not know it. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic so be careful if you are on a bike

nice easy trail

We did this trail in the fall and it was absolutely gorgeous. Well maintained paved trail and bridges. There were a lot of people and dogs, but everyone was really respectful of distance and providing space to pass.


Overall very good

Well maintained Matthew Henson Trail winds through the woods with a LOT of wooden bridges, some of which are very long. The trail crosses some pretty significant intersections - use CAUTION when crossing. Trail has smooth, well maintained surface and is good width for cycling. The many bridges, intersections, and winding nature of the path make it slow going. Shaded by trees and runs alongside a creek so nice ride overall.

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 of Georgia Ave would not make for good skating. They are even bumpy on a bike and perhaps dangerous when wet. 9/6/2010 Youker

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