Patuxent Research Refuge Cash Lake Trail

Laurel, Maryland

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Hidden away in suburban Maryland between Washington and Baltimore lies a huge wildlife refuge where hikers can find a diverse and spacious landscape, open skies, many wild birds and animals, a few vestiges of the past, and much tranquility. The refuge is worth visiting at any time of year, but the greatest wildlife activity occurs in the spring and fall. More than 200 animal species have been recorded at the refuge, so we suggest taking along field glasses and a bird book (or an expert birder), plus the refuge’s own bird checklist, available at the contact station. A wildflower book or an expert friend can also be seasonally helpful.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hidden away in suburban Maryland between Washington and Baltimore lies a huge wildlife refuge where hikers can find a diverse and spacious landscape, open skies, many wild birds and animals, a few vestiges of the past, and much tranquility.

The refuge is worth visiting at any time of year, but the greatest wildlife activity occurs in the spring and fall. More than 200 animal species have been recorded at the refuge, so we suggest taking along field glasses and a bird book (or an expert birder), plus the refuge’s own bird checklist, available at the contact station. A wildflower book or an expert friend can also be seasonally helpful.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Walking
Nearby City: Laurel
Distance: 2.4 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, but a portion of the trail is closed seasonally to avoid disturbing wintering waterfowl.
Additional Use: Fishing, Birding
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: 301-497-5760; www.fws.gov/refuge/patuxent
Local Maps: www.fws.gov/refuge/patuxent
Attractions: Woods, wetlands, meadows
Driving Directions: Directions to Patuxent Research Refuge: Cash Lake Trail

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