Join Us For a Newbie Friendly 4 Mile Sneaker Hike on The Matthew Henson Trail
Matthew Henson is a relatively new Maryland state park. It is a greenway along the Turkey Branch, and one of the major tributaries, of Rock Creek. The park takes its name from arctic explorer Matthew Henson.
Matthew Alexander Henson (August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955) was an African American explorer and associate of Robert Peary on various expeditions, the most famous being a 1909 expedition during which he may have been the first person to reach the Geographic North Pole.
This stream valley park features a 4.3 mile, 8--foot-wide hard surface trail features 0.6 miles of wooden boardwalk. It is surrounded by parkland, forested area, thousands of trees and shrubs and the Turkey Branch Stream.
Nearby City: Silver Spring or Aspen Hills
Length: 4 or 8 total miles (Todays Hike is 4 Miles)
Trail surface: Paved and Boardwalk, wide paths provide for a great walk and talk environment
Trail Type: Out and Back
Skill Level: Newbie Friendly and Very Easy
Exposure: Mostly shady; less so in winter
Pace will be a brisk pace for a good workout on this newbie trail. We will wait for everyone at the end of each segment and nobody will be rushed or left behind per groups policy.
Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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We hike rain or shine! Click Here for up to the minute weather information the area where we will be hiking.
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Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. You should post that on the Comments section. Click here for Directions to Savage Station.
If you can drive or want to carpool from a different location, please post that location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
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Hike Meetup Time is 6:30 p.m.
Savage Carpool Time is 5:30 p.m.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing leaving no trace.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Please take the hike leaders number with you and enjoy the hike!