Patuxent Wildlife Research Center – North Tract
Trail Location: 230 Bald Eagle Drive Laurel, MD 20724
North Tract Driving Directions
From Washington, D.C.: Take Baltimore/Washington Parkway (Route 295) North and exit on to MD Route 198 East toward Fort Meade. Travel almost 2 miles. Then turn right on to Bald Eagle Drive (at the ball fields) and travel 1 mile to the North Tract Visitor Contact Station.
From Baltimore: Take Baltimore/Washington Parkway (Route 295) South and take the MD Route 198 exit toward Fort Meade/Laurel. Then turn left on to Route 198 heading East and travel about 2 miles. Then turn right onto Bald Eagle Drive (at the ball fields) and travel 1 mile to the North Tract Visitor Contact Station.
From Annapolis: From MD Route 50 west of Annapolis, take Interstate Route 97 North. Then take MD Route 32 West (toward Columbia) for about 8 miles. Then take the MD Route 198 exit toward Laurel/Ft. Meade. Travel around the circle following the signs to Odenton/Laurel to MD Route 198 West. In less than 1 mile turn left on to Bald Eagle Drive (at the ball fields) and travel 1 mile to the North Tract Visitor Contact Station.
Trail Length: 20 miles
Counties: Anne Arundel
Trail Surface(s): Hard packed dirt and pea gravel
Trail Description: On North Tract, approximately 20 miles of roads and trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. A wetland and wildlife viewing area provides visitors the opportunity to see waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and songbirds.
Refuge regulations include:
Traveling off roads, off trails and in closed areas is prohibited. The refuge speed limit is 25 mph unless posted otherwise. There could still be un-exploded ordinance in the woods, do not go off the trails!
Parking and Trail Access: Park at Ranger Station, be considerate, parking is limited. Check in at the ranger station
Seasonal Restrictions: None! These trails were made for tanks, you can ride no matter how wet it is!
Reviews and Tips: Wide roads, good footing. Excellent for green horses, or for wet conditions.
Amenities: Bathrooms in the Ranger Station
230 Bald Eagle Drive
Laurel, MD 20724
North Tract Hours
Visitor Contact Center & Grounds Open Daily 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Closed on Federal Holidays