Port Tobacco Headwaters

Indian Head Rail Trail Interpretive Sign

Rail Trail sign

A new sign that explains the importance of headwaters to water quality in the rivers they feed has been installed on the Indian Head Rail trail. The sign, which was created by PTRC and Charles County Parks and Grounds, has been placed on the south side of a bridge near the White Plains end of the Rail Trail.

Page’s Swamp, one of the headwaters of the Port Tobacco River, is on the north side of the bridge and flows into Port Tobacco Creek via culverts under the bridge. The creek, in turn, flows into the Port Tobacco River.

The sign explains the ecological importance of swamps and wetlands, which control floods, clean the water, create habitat for fish and other wildlife, and provide beautiful places to hike, fish, and boat. Healthy headwater streams also provide environmental benefits by bringing a continuous flow of clean water to surface water and helping to recharge underground aquifers, as well as reducing the pollution that flows downstream by retaining sediments and excess nutrients. The health of these resources is critical to the health of the Port Tobacco River.

Indian Head Rail Trail user viewing Port Tobacco Headwaters interpretive sign
Indian Head Rail Trail user viewing Port Tobacco Headwaters interpretive sign