- from Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad was not one road but many.
They were dirt trails or paths through woods, over fields, and across rivers and swamps. Not many runaways could swim. But they often looked for water crossings. When escapees went into water, the dogs chasing them lost the smells that helped track them. Along these routes were farmhouses, barns, and churches. There, conductors hid runaways for a day or week, until they could get safely to the next station on their way to freedom. The road to freedom went as far north as Canada.