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Lovely area. Visited on a gorgeous autumn day with my dog. Lots of trails to walk. Very clean. Uncrowded. Great place for families to play & picnic. Looked like kids could run & play to their heart's content. Concessions not available. Pack in; pack out....More
If wetlands are your thing, this is worth a special visit, and not just if you live in the Washington DC area. Yes, get off the Washington Beltway or I95 and visit this. Though within 15 miles of DC, it is remote and pristine, located...More
The hiking trails could be less gravel. But all in all, a really nice day. This time of year you can see lots of different kinds of wildlife due to the fall weather. The Canadian Geese are plentiful and so are the white tail deer....More
I live in the community and often horseback ride through Merkle quite frequently. Beautiful, quiet trails, along the Patuxent River, views of ospreys, Bald Eagles and other water fowl. Occasional fox, water turtle, etc.
We have been bringing our two boys here since they were little. It is a great place to hike and reconnect with nature. Park staff is friendly. The trails are excellent for dogs (on leashes) and it is just a nice way to spend an...More
We have been here several times over the past few years, and we never fail to see something interesting. There are many deer roaming the sanctuary and the birds in residence vary with the season. On our June trip we saw Three adult Osprey, one...More