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Patuxent Research Refuge - North Tract

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Address: 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel, MD
Phone Number: 301-317-3825
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Wide open spaces, filled with woods

I rate this place as VERY GOOD, but i think that depends on what you are looking for, as i broke the rules to enjoy what it offered. I found this place while looking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2015
mnofpeace123
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Ft Washington
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Ft Washington
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I rate this place as VERY GOOD, but i think that depends on what you are looking for, as i broke the rules to enjoy what it offered. I found this place while looking, specifically, for the Southern Track and its Wildlife Center. This place, as has been stated by others, is basically a former Army base that used to... More 

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Washington, DC
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129 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Based on information from their website, we visited the North Tract Visitor Center with a plan to leave from there on one of several hikes. We were told when we got there, however, that all but two very short hiking trails are closed on Saturdays (I assume just during the fall) because of all the hunting. To get to the... More 

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Thank citysuburb
Baltimore, Maryland
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51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Let me begin by explaining that I think many have confused this location with that of the Southern Tract when reviewing on TA. The Northern Tract has its own entrance and is located on Bald Eagle Drive. The Southern Tract is found on Scarlet Tanager Loop--it is listed on TA under National Wildlife Visitor Center. We drove thru here late... More 

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We walked one of the trails while we were here. It was a nice and easy hike around the water, lots of waterfowl. It was quiet, relaxing and pleasant.

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Thank Artsygirl9
Crofton, Maryland
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Excellent Scout camping! We've taken Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout Troops here, and it is always a winner. Staff is helpful. The sites are great for easy car camping

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Thank Thinkonthesethings
silver spring
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279 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We love biking the roads here. Great places to stop and see wildlife (especially birds), and there are very few cars. Out of the way, but worth the trip.

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Thank drbking
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Overwhelmed by work. Looking for some quiet time. Want to introduce your family to nature. This is THE place to go. Staff is phenomenal.

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Thank Vic M
Woodbury, ct
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I had a good time exploring the trail system. Nice and quiet.. Given the madness around it I was very happy. They also have a museum . You may purchase different wildlife paintings. Very cool!

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Thank hameld
Laurel, MD
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38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

A great place to take young people and students to learn about local wildlife and take a natural walk around the wooded lake.

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Frederick, MD
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

North Tract is a bird, butterfly and odonate (dragonfly) hot spot, but it closes daily at 4 pm. Patuxent also has special programs so it's worth checking the website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/patuxent/

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