National Wildlife Refuge System

10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD, 20708
Phone: 301-497-5776
E-mail: Amy_Shoop@fws.gov

FOREST & WETLAND HIKING TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.06 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 7.2
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Mowed

Special Features

  • Listen to the natural world

LOOP TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.29 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.3
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Asphalt

Special Features

  • Sights, sounds, smells: majestic

NEW MARSH TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.19 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.7
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Mowed

Special Features

  • "Wild thing, I think I love you"

NORTH TRACT - FOREST TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 2.5 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.5
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Hardwood forest
  • Boardwalk at trailhead
  • Secluded
  • Fall/spring foliage
  • Connects to Wild Turkey Way

  • Enter North Tract on Rt 198 between Balt-Wash Pkwy and MD Rt 32

NORTH TRACT - KINGFISHER ROAD

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.5 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Multiple use trail
  • Rieve's Pond fishing area
  • Pine forest
  • Connects to South Road, Wild Turkey Way


NORTH TRACT - LITTLE PATUXENT RIVER

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.75 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Bottomland hardwood
  • Viewing blinds/boardwalks
  • Spring wildflowers
  • Little Patuxent River


NORTH TRACT - MERGANSER

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.86 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Hardwood forest
  • Bridge
  • Interpretive panels
  • Birding area


NORTH TRACT - PINE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.75 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 3.8
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • St. Peter's Cemetery
  • Open grassland + pine forest
  • Connects to Wildlife Drive



NORTH TRACT - SOUTH ROAD

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.7 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.6
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Multiple use trail
  • Hunting
  • Pine forest
  • Connects to Wild Turkey Way, Sweetgum Lane, Kingfisher Rd, Wildlife Dr.


NORTH TRACT - SWEETGUM LANE

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.6 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.3
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Multiple use trail
  • Pitch pine
  • Grassland restoration
  • Connects to Wild Turkey Way, Whip-poor-will Way


NORTH TRACT - VERNAL POOLS TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.43 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Pine forest
  • Boardwalk at trailhead
  • Spring vernal pools
  • Interpretive panel


NORTH TRACT - WHIP-POOR-WILL WAY

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.8 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.9
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Multiple use trail
  • Briggs-Anderson Cemetery
  • 22-care open grassland (old Army drop zone)
  • Connects to Sweetgum Lane


NORTH TRACT - WILD TURKEY WAY

Trail Information

  • Length: 3.5 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Multiple use trail
  • Blue Heron Pond
  • Connects to Kingfisher, Sweetgum Lane, Forest Trail, Wildlife Drive, South Road



NORTH TRACT - WILDLIFE DRIVE

Trail Information

  • Length: 8 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Asphalt

Special Features

  • Wildlife Auto Drive
  • Accessible, multiple use
  • Bailey Bridge (Little Patuxent River)
  • Hardwood forest + open grasslands
  • Lake Allen wildlife observation/fishing area

NORTH TRACT - WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA

Trail Information

  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Birding
  • Merganser Pond
  • Observation Tower
  • Overlooks
  • Classrooms/restrooms

PINE WARBLER WAY

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.71 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.1
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Admin Road

Special Features

  • Get outside and get active

SOUTH TRACT - CASH LAKE TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.4 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Lakeside mixed forest trail
  • Southside seasonally closed
  • Osprey platforms, fishing pier, boardwalks, viewing blind
  • Restrooms

  • Enter South Tract Trails on Powder Mill Rd between Balt-Wash Pkwy and MD Rt 197

SOUTH TRACT - CONSERVATION HERITAGE LOOP

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.3 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.3
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Asphalt

Special Features

  • Accessible loop
  • Meadow and wetland habitats
  • Benches, interpretive panels/signs



SOUTH TRACT - FIRE ROAD TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.9 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 1.7
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Connecting trails
  • Pine and hardwood forest




SOUTH TRACT - GOOSE POND TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.2 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 3.3
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Vernal pools
  • POnd
  • Nesting islands
  • Connecting trails


SOUTH TRACT - LAUREL TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.4 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 3.5
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Interpretive panel
  • Connecting trails
  • Forested and lined with mountain laurel
  • Dedicated to world-renowned Patuxent Refuge ornithologist Chandler S. Robbins


SOUTH TRACT - VALLEY TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.6 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.3
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Native

Special Features

  • Primarily oak and beech woodland
  • Connecting trails




Last updated: October 28, 2010