Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract

EASY 26 reviews

Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Laurel, Maryland. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking, trail running, and mountain biking.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
209 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

mountain biking

trail running

walking

no dogs

hiking
6 months ago

I really enjoyed the old graveyard off the whip poor will trail, as well as the parachute landing site dedication.

hiking
11 months ago

It was a nice trail that provided shade during a hot day. We really liked seeing all of the different wildlife.

trail running
11 months ago

The North Tract is a nice area for trail running and walking with miles of different trails, not just the 4.9 miles suggested in the description. Note that the trail names on this picture are old military names - this area hasn't been part of Fort Meade for at least 20 years and the Wildlife Service has renamed many of the trails. I wish they would open earlier - the hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

walking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice trail and scenic. Butterflies and dragonflies everywhere.

walking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nice walk. When you first enter the park you must have sign in. Along the trail, you will see that forest was burn. This was a control burn about month ago. Saw a lot of butterflies.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Northern tract is nice. Have to check in and check out because it used to be Fort Mead, so their may be some ordinances still laying around. Closes at 4 so plan accordingly. There is a nice little lake that is 3.6 miles from the checkin point which makes a great out and back. There are other shorter trails too, so lots to see. It being right outside of DC, it gets a few extra stars.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Great resource for a variey of activities. I can't believe the reviewer who was "disappointed" saying there were only roads. First, if there were only roads, the walks are beautiful, and one can bike them. Second, there are not only roads, but many trails. I guess he wasn't paying attention, which is reinforced by him saying he "saw no wildlife". Hey, use your eyes! No, you won't find lions and bears but many birds and tracks of deer, raccoons and other wildlife. The only distraction is the nearby airport, so no, this is not a wilderness trail. As far as checking out, he says "car gone..." well the car may not be in the parking lot but it may be anywhere on the miles of roads so checking out saves the staffers from waiting or searching for know it all's who are too smart to follow the rules.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Very pretty trails, easy

Sunday, June 12, 2016

mostly gravel road with door knob sized rocks which made navigation dicey. I actually went passed the sugar gum loop to the lake. that added a little more distant, but is the better route to see the waves of grain on the way to a beautiful pond.

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

Disappointing. The 'trails' are just gravel roads with the exception of 2 mile, natural surface Forest Trail, which is nice.
Because there is unexploded ordinance (UOX) in the woods, you have to check in and check out at the 'Ranger Contact Station' (I can understand checking in-- but checking out? If my car is gone, I left!)
The maps provided at the Contact Station are out of scale and do not show side trails/access trails, nor do they indicate the color of blazes on the trails.
I saw no wildlife.

hiking
Sunday, November 24, 2013

There are a lot of trails in this area. The day I went was during hunting season so many of the trails were closed to hikers. The trails I was able to go one were flat and clear. Nice view of open areas, heavily wooded ones, wetlands and ponds. I cannot wait to go back after the hunting season to hike the remaining trails.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

recorded forest trail

Saturday, April 29, 2017

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

recorded lone wolf

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Sunday, June 07, 2015

hiking
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday, June 02, 2012