Current Conditions

Patuxent Research Refuge has changed its operations as of  3/18/20.

For South Tract

Patuxent Research Refuge’s South Tract has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This closure follows guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted to the refuge website and social media channels.

The visitor center is currently not available. The grounds and trails will remain open to visitors during our normal public hours.


For North Tract 

Patuxent Research Refuge’s North Tract is open and operating normally. The Service’s Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service are closely monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). In accordance with CDC guidance and other federal, state, and local health authorities, facilities managers in national wildlife refuges continue to do everything they can to maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors.