Plan Your Visit

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Points of Interest

Patuxent Research Refuge offers many attractions – outdoors and indoors. A few of the points of interest are described below.

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.

On South Tract, approximately 5 miles of trails provide hiking opportunities. Trails and the seasonal tram tours highlight wildlife habitat and management practices.

On South Tract, the National Wildlife Visitor Center features interactive exhibits which focus on global environmental issues, migratory bird studies, habitats, endangered species, and more.

Know Before You Go

Visitors need to respect and obey refuge regulations to ensure their own safety and to ensure that wildlife have a place to live and thrive. In all cases, public access, use, or recreational activities not specifically permitted are prohibited. Please inquire at the North Tract Visitor Contact Station or National Wildlife Visitor Center to ensure your activity is permitted.


Refuge regulations include:
Traveling off roads, off trails and in closed areas is prohibited. The refuge speed limit is 25 mph unless posted otherwise.

Pets must be kept on a leash (no longer than 6 feet) and under control at all times. Pets are not allowed in refuge ponds or waterways.

Please do not litter. Take trash (including pet waste) with you and dispose of it properly.

 For a complete list of Rules and Regulations click here.