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Contact Info, Hours & Directions

Patuxent Research Refuge has two entrances to areas open to the public – North Tract and South Tract

 North Tract – Visitor Contact Station

Address
230 Bald Eagle Drive
Laurel, MD 20724
Phone: 301-497-5770
Email: Jennifer_Hill@fws.gov

North Tract Hours
Visitor Contact Center & Grounds Open Daily 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Closed on Federal Holidays

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 Route198 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.

South Tract – National Wildlife Visitor Center

Address
10901 Scarlett Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708-4027
Phone: 301 497-5763
Email: Jennifer_Hill@fws.gov

 

South Tract Hours

 

Vistor Center
Building

  
Open Daily 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Closed on Thursdays
Closed on Federal Holidays
Wildlife Images
Bookstore
  
Open Daily 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Closed on Thursdays
Closed on Federal Holidays
Trails and
Grounds
 Open Daily Sunrise - Sunset
Closed on Federal Holidays 

Cash Lake
Fishing
 April 1 – October 12, 2014
(Sunrise - Sunset)
Closed on Federal Holidays
 

 

South Tract Driving Directions

From Washington, D.C.: Take Baltimore/Washington Parkway (Route 295) North, Exit 22 to Powder Mill Road-Beltsville exit. Turn right (east) onto Powder Mill Road and go 2.0 miles. Turn right into Visitor Center entrance (Scarlet Tanager Loop). Go 1.4 miles to Visitor Center Parking area.

From Baltimore, MD: Take Baltimore/Washington Parkway (Route 295) south to Powder Mill Road-Beltsville Exit. Turn left onto Powder Mill Road (East). Go 2.0 miles and turn right into Visitor Center entrance (Scarlet Tanager Loop). Go 1.4 miles to Visitor Center Parking area.

From Annapolis, MD: Route 50 West to Exit 11, Route 197/Collington Rd Bowie. Follow Route 197 North for ~ 7 miles, past Bowie State College. Turn left at Powder Mill Road. Follow Powder Mill Road ~1/2 mile, turn left into Visitor Center entrance (Scarlet Tanager Loop). Go 1.4 miles to Visitor Center Parking area.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014
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