Cash Lake Trail - Patuxent Research Refuge - South Tract

Laurel, MD
Length: 1.90 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 4/5]

The Cash Lake trail is a mainly flat, mixed surface trail that is approximately two miles. Start exploring at the visitors center, then hop on the trail just outside the left of the building. The trail loops around Cash Lake including two water walkways to get you up close and personal with all the wildlife. The back half of the trail is a great area to take a break if needed at the pier which is partially covered for shade, as well as restrooms (in season). The back half will also provide the most elevation gain but is nothing a toddler couldn’t handle. Some choose to navigate the trail with an all terrain stroller, but I would suggest a carrier if needed. During the rainy season be prepared to get muddy on the back half. Parts of Cash Lake trail beyond the fishing pier may be closed seasonally during wet conditions and to avoid disturbance of nesting waterfowl. During spring and early summer is a good time to see tons of frogs.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain All Terrain
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Fishing, Junior Ranger Program, Lake, Mud Puddles, Ranger Led Hikes, Shaded Hike, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Ranger led hikes (call ahead) and trams (in season) available.
A lot to explore in the visitors center.
Electric car station available in visitor parking lot.
Visitors center and lot are handicap accessible but trails are not.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Free. Ample parking available

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 4/5]


Trail Map

Getting There

National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708