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