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Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

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Day trip

It was 100* but most of the trail is shaded. Would have spent more time at osprey nest if it... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Laura S
via mobile
If you are a wetlands fan, this is an essential

If wetlands are your thing, this is worth a special visit, and not just if you live in the... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2017
Lynn S
College Park, Maryland
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6 Sep 2017
13 Jul 2017
“Day trip”
A great place for wildlife viewing.
11704 Fenno Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-8179
+1 301-888-1377
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Nature right here in my own backyard to fully enjoy. So peaceful and serene. Nature trails, informative classes, boating and a super staff.

1  Thank J F
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

It was 100* but most of the trail is shaded. Would have spent more time at osprey nest if it wasn't so hot. Nature center person was super nice and knowledgeable! Very patient with small kids!!

1  Thank Laura S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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

1  Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

Thank alfeeser
Reviewed 13 September 2016

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.

Thank caauletta
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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

Thank Kelly D
Reviewed 16 June 2016

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

Thank Viking1947
Reviewed 25 April 2016

A beautiful place to hike, and a really neat nature center. We were rather offended however, that the employee did not even both to greet us in the nature center.

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

I went here with my three kids here early March on a visit to the nature center and we ventured on two trails Paw Paw and Mounds. We can't wait to come back and do more!

Thank M.e. P
Reviewed 17 March 2016

I enjoyed my visit to the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. It was my second visit. I thought it was a beautiful environment. I was able to find out all of the information that I needed on birds and I took many pictures to use with my...More

Thank Sygrid H
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