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Patuxent Research Refuge - North Tract

#5 of 15 things to do in Laurel Features Animals
230 Bald Eagle Dr, Laurel, MD 20724-3000
+1 301-317-3825
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North Tract is undeveloped, should have gone to South Tract

We went to the North Tract as it was the first address I saw on Trip Advisor recommended... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
South Tract

Walked the South Tract. There is a North and South Tract. The south has several trails you can... read more

Reviewed May 20, 2017
Silver Spring
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“southern” (3 reviews)
“solitude” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
230 Bald Eagle Dr, Laurel, MD 20724-3000
+1 301-317-3825
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Reviewed June 16, 2017

We went to the North Tract as it was the first address I saw on Trip Advisor recommended (alphabetical probably). At the visitors check in we got a map that was better than nothing, but not very good. We did see hummingbirds and butterflies at...More

Thank margaretwD3883WO
Reviewed May 20, 2017

Walked the South Tract. There is a North and South Tract. The south has several trails you can walk; they vary in length from .4 miles to 1.4 miles. Lot of birds, turtles, overlooks, and benches to stop and take a break to observe the...More

Thank LGP910
Reviewed March 15, 2017

There aren't a lot of places to hike this close to DC. And while it's pretty much completely flat, it's large and not very popular, so you can really get away for some alone time here.

Thank dcdcdc
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Went with my 16 year old son who drove around with his learner's permit. We got out at the Pautuxent bridge which is pretty solid for a bridge that gets limited use. While it was 45 degrees and foggy, it was a delightful experience with...More

Thank Kenneth S
Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

This wildlife refuge is just off the Washington Baltimore parkway. It is usually pretty quiet here but truly a gem in the rough. It has trails for hiking and bird watching, great displays, and nice gift shop. Check their calendar as they frequently have activities.

Thank esopus35
Reviewed June 11, 2016

Excellent staff and information. But in my experience of a single visit in June it was not especially rewarding from the point of view of hiking or birding. Probably better with a bike and nearer to dawn/dusk but they close at 4pm (I think). Also...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

10-mile hike and then sat patiently near Reaves Pond until nature settled. Frogs started to chirp and 'plunk' into the water, songbirds got active again, and dragonflies flitted about. Was patient enough and saw a beaver amble by (too far to get an iPhone photo).

Thank Kevin B
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,...More

1  Thank mnofpeace123
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...More

1  Thank citysuburb
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...More

2  Thank MelicitaB
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