Cash Lake Loop - Patuxent Research Refuge Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Laurel, Maryland that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Wildlife Lovers Paridise - Herons, Egrets, Wood Ducks, Deer, Eagles The hike is short but the scenery is terrific. In one trip around, I saw three Great Blue Herons, a few wood ducks, a ringed neck duck, deer, geese and turtles. You may also see egrets, bald eagles and other wildlife. It starts at the visitor center for the Patuxent National Wildlife refuge, near Beltsville, Md. Trails are very well marked and you can get a trail map inside the visitor center. This is a great family outing. The visitor center is well worth checking out. There are binoculars and spotting scopes for observing the wildlife. Bringing you own is a good idea for the hike. 256 wild bird species have been spotted in the refuge. Ask the help desk about the north tract.
This is an excellent location to take the kids, easy walking, lots of birds, deer, beavers and other wild life,
Excellent fishing too.
A very enjoyable nature walk with great wildlife viewing! During the summer I saw turtles, snakes, skinks, and so many birds! I love this place!
this was a fun easy trail my dogs loved it and even with two dogs we saw tons of wildlife! there are some nice places to stop and just gaze at the lake we brought lunch it was perfect.
Easy trail but scenic and great for those slowly getting back out there!
If your looking for a challenge, this isn't a good one. Good place for kids, walking your dog or just out for a stroll.
Nice lots of shade. Very
Very nice loop. Lots of critters along the trail.
it's a nice maintained trail. If you take the fire road around you can turn it into a 5 mile hike with a little hilly section in the back.
Easy family hike, esp for young children (once they are out of strollers and can keep up.) Very few up/downs, very nice scenery and lots of variety in pathway in terms of ecosystems (lake, woods, meadows, pond.) The pontoon bridge is always a highlight for the kids.
Only downside is that on a hot day, the walks across the exposed dams are very, very hot!
The visitor center is nicer than you might anticipate,with clean restrooms, gift shop and even a small theater. (Much better than North Tract's Contact station!)