Why not enjoy this last bit of summer weather by spending some time outside with a visit to the Patuxent Research Refuge!
Located in Laurel, the refuge grounds are open every day from sunrise to sunset. Visitors can walk along hiking trails, go birdwatching, hunt, fish or visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center. You can also take your four-legged friend for a walk or go on a trail ride.
The Refuge was established in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is the nation’s only national wildlife refuge created to support wildlife research.
The refuge is divided into three areas: the North Tract, the Central Tract, and the South Tract. The North Tract features the hunting and fishing areas, as well as hiking trails. The Central Tract is where the offices and study sites of the research biologists are located and is not accessible to visitors. The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located on the South Tract as well as its hiking trails.
This is a great place to visit if you’re looking to spend time outdoors or want to learn more about our local wildlife!
For more information, please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website to plan your visit!