Patuxent Research Refuge - North Tract, 1/2 way between Baltimore and Washington, D.C

Directions: Located off MD Rt 198, 1.4 miles east of the B/W Parkway (295).

Trail Information: Approximately 8 miles of interconnected gravel trails (designated: green, blue, red, yellow and orange).  The orange trail ends at the Blue Heron Blind, overlooking a pond and a meadow.  Trails are mostly flat, there a couple of slight inclines.  Usually quite solitary.  Not a rave run, but if you live/work in the area and are looking for a quick after-work run on trails that are easy on the knees, the North Tract is good to have in your hip pocket.   

Miscellaneous Information: Map available at the Visitor Center, (410) 674-3304.  From September through January, during hunting season, the trails are open only on Sunday.  In February, daily hours are 8am-4:30pm, in March 8am-6pm, and from April through August 8am-8pm.

Sharon Schwinabart