Indian Head Rail Trail
The Indian Head Rail Trail is Charles County’s most exciting recreational trail. A generous gift through the Department of Interior’s Federal Lands to Parks Program, Charles County has completed converting this abandoned railroad corridor into a 13-mile bike trail. Connecting the Town of Indian Head to Route 301 in White Plains, the IHRT traverses approximately halfway across our County.
Without doubt, the IHRT is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of Southern Maryland’s most undeveloped natural areas. Originally built in 1918 as a supply route for the Navy’s Indian Head Powder Factory, this elevated rail bed passes through the Mattawoman Creek stream valley. Cyclists, hikers and nature enthusiasts will experience the surroundings of mature forests, natural wetlands and occasional farmland. Wildlife abounds! Visiting the IHRT is almost like stepping back in time.
No parking available directly at Mattingly Avenue trail head. Park across Route 210 at either the Village Green Town Park or Charlie Wright Park (adjacent to Indian Head Elementary School). Right turn off of Route 210 onto Doctor Andrews Way - bear left just before baseball field onto Doctor Mitchell Lane. After parking, follow signs/road markings to trail.
From Route 301, make right turn onto Theodore Green Boulevard. Approximately ¼ mile, trail parking is on right side of road.
Weekend (only) overflow parking is available at the Charles County Health Department parking lot (intersection of Route 301 and Theodore Green Boulevard).
Located between Waldorf and Pomfret on Bensville Road (Route 229), the park offers ample Rail Trail parking, restrooms and a paved connector trail to the IHRT near Mile Marker 9.
RULES OF THE TRAIL
- No motorized vehicles (Handicap Exemption: electric wheelchairs permitted).
- Trail is open dawn to dusk - illegal to be in park during non-daylight hours.
- Stop at all road crossings and yield to road traffic.
- Respect the rights of adjacent homeowners - stay within the park boundaries.
- Alcohol, drugs and smoking are prohibited.
- No amplified music.
- Obey helmet laws.
- No hunting - weapons prohibited.
- Leashed pets are welcome (6 foot leash or less - no retractable leashes); owners are required to clean up after their pet.
- Do not litter.
- Report emergencies by dialing 911. Unlawful activity of a non-emergency nature should be reported to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office: 301-932-2222.
- Report safety concerns or maintenance issues to the park office: 301-932-3470.
- Respect other trail users and enjoy a safe trail experience.