Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract

EASY 25 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
236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

mountain biking

trail running

walking

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
9 days ago

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

13 days ago

trail running
13 days 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.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

Nice trail and scenic. Butterflies and dragonflies everywhere.

walking
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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.