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Cash Lake Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily 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.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 52 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

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Getting There

The hike is short but the scenery and wildlife are terrific. 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. 256 wild bird species have been spotted in the refuge.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

From the Baltimore Washington Parkway take the exit for Powder Mill Road. Go east on Powder Mill to the entrance for the Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center on the right. The road name is Scarlet Tanager Loop. Follow this to the visitor center where there is a large parking lot.

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Reviews (232)
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Nic Firz
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HikingBugs

Cool, woody trail. Lots if shade, lake views. Lots of toads and mushrooms this week. Some buzzing flies around our heads. Didn’t see many people, and over half of the people we did see wore masks.

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Sofia G
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Hiking

Great place to walk or run. Well maintain

Lori Janell
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Hiking

This is a very nice, mostly shaded trail that has some really cool bridges over the lake. Low traffic. Easy to navigate.

Yu Lin
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Hiking

Pleasant hike, most people in masks. Went after storm from yesterday, some area of path was wet, but it makes it more fun trying to find path around it ^^.

Hassan James II
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Pleasant stroll with a solid mix of forest and lakeside views

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Frances Tan
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HikingMuddy
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Lacey Shelor
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Hiking

easy hike, not much green vegetation yet. low crowds, plenty of parking. side trail closed.

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Connie Tsai
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Hiking

Great easy hike for toddlers. Don’t be a dummy like me, trying to drag a stroller through this. It doesn’t work.

J Tour
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Hiking

Just what we were looking for with our 2.5 year old hiker on an unseasonably warm day in early March! Nice flat loop around the lake with pretty views and just the right distance for kids. Visitor center was a little dated but lots of interesting info and some cool exhibits & movies, plus kids area with some fun activities. Volunteer staff was wonderful. Hope to come back again!

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Maribeth Macmillan
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Hiking

Our purpose is just for trail walking but i was so surprised that it has this Museum. Its very educational and my kids had fun because has pond and very scenic. Will definitely go back again cause we haven’t walk to other trail yet.

Sarah G
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Hiking

Wonderful easy trail. A lot of time and effort has gone into making it a wildlife experience in addition to just a way to get outside. And at the half way mark there were bathrooms! Loved all the bridges to get you as close as possible to the water.

thomas Hayes
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Hiking

easy. clean today. great site for birds, beavers, eagles, ospreys, deer, and other critters.

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Angie Ferguson
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Hiking

LOADS of mosquitoes in the summer, but once the temperature drops, it's nice the other 3 seasons. Saw a trio of otters swimming around in the water today!

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Larry Radbill
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This is a beautiful area. The fall colors were great today and, because it's a weekday, not at all crowded. For a place so close to the suburbs and city, it was remarkably quiet. This made for a much better experience than I've had at Greenbelt National Park where the Perimater Trail is next to major, heavily trafficed roads (and lots of noise) for the most part. If you're looking for a light, two mile walk close to the city, this is the place to go!

Francine Blume
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful! Easy trail, just watch out for the roots. Very peaceful, a few people who treated it like a church : very respectful and quiet. I saw cool lizards, butterflies, some kind of cranes, geese, ducks, and deer. The lilypads were beautiful. The sound were lovely and the smells so calming. An absolutely beautiful hidden gem.

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Jake Hoyer
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Hiking

nice little walk, wildlife is amazing here. If you are here for a challenging or thrilling hike, this is not it. lol

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Jo Humphreys
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Hiking

Easy trail that’s well marked. Great views, various plant life. Lake appeared to be a bird sanctuary.

Amy Kristyn
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Walking

My dog and I had a great walk on the trail! Will definitely be returning.

Juliet Dillon
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Hiking

Very easy, pleasant walk. Saw an osprey and lots of frogs/toads along the way. In and out of the woods so plenty of shade. Peaceful and quiet. Some dragonflies but wasn’t bothered by any other bugs.

Amanda Hoover
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HikingBugsMuddy

Really great Nature walk not long and you cross bridges of water. We saw birds, deer, frogs, butterflies, fish, and dragon flies.

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Robert Mills
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Hiking

Nice easy hike - well graded and good for the dog as it wasn't overly crowded. Some reviewers complained of muddiness but I didn't have any issues beyond what you'd expect in any wooded area if there's been any recent rain. Many parks in the DC area are worse after a rain. I did ask about mud at the visitor center before setting out, where they told me to avoid one back section of trail that gets flooded by a creek - this could've been the section that others complained of so follow my lead on that. I didn't see much wildlife but was there from 2-4 pm which isn't the best time of day for it. Easy access off the highway, plenty of parking and visitor center with bathrooms, trail maps, etc.. Will definitely return.

Ramonda S.
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Hiking

excellent place to spend a sunny afternoon with your dog. Trail is easy to follow, Good Under Foot, maintained, comes with a wonderful View, everyone that was here on this day but I cross paths with was very friendly, and you might enjoy it so much that you want to take on another time around the loop.

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Alecia Drenckhahn
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOff trail

March 2019. The trail is so muddy in places that you either have to slosh through and risk losing a boot, or go way off trail to go around. Not just a few places either, and we went on a dry sunny day when there hadn’t been rain for several days. There are 3-4 trees down across the trail, and you have to choose your preferred scrabble-over spot. There are paths worn leading to the easiest crossing spots, which would indicate the trees have been down for a while. The trail is nice when it is maintained. There are plenty of opportunities to sit and view the lake, and the trail gets very close to a beaver lodge. At one point it passes through the area of trees that the beaver chewed down, which is pretty neat. I’ve been there in the past without it being so rough. Maybe this is just due to the seasonal maintenance has not been completed yet.

Angie Ferguson
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Hiking

lots of mosquitoes in the summer

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S Jo
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Amazing day...trail was very muddy in spots...birds were abundant

pete fatone
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Running

A couple laps this morning. Great way to start the day.

pete fatone
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A nice walk in late fall after a couple soccer fixtures.

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