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Eastern Shore Maryland Waterfowl Sanctuary

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Keywords: birds, foxes, hiking, deer, birdwatcher, marsh, wetland
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway, and currently encompasses more than 32,000 acres.  Blackwater NWR is home to an incredible amount of plant and animal diversity in its three major habitats – forest, marsh and shallow water. The refuge contains one-third of Maryland's tidal wetlands, which makes it an ecologically important area within the state.
Blackwater NWR is home to the largest natural population of formerly endangered Delmarva peninsula fox squirrels and is also home to the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida.
With over 20,000 acres open for public recreation, you can experience the refuge year round in a variety of ways!  From 5 miles of hiking to 17 miles of paddling, we have a variety of experiences. Nearly 15,000 acres are open for deer hunting from September through January. If you prefer to travel by car, we have 3.6 mile wildlife drive popular with photographers and birders alike. It is truly a birdwatcher’s paradise. The wildlife drive has beautiful views of wetlands, marshes and forest - always a delight to see what you can spot on the ride. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge currently has four land trails: the Marsh Edge Trail, the Woods Trail, the Key Wallace Trail, and the Tubman Road Trail. Trails are open daily, dawn to dusk. 
A daily permit is required for all visitors to the Wildlife Drive.

Private Vehicle - $3; Pedestrian, Bicyclist - $1; Federal Duck Stamp or federal pass holder - Free; Commercial Van or Bus up to 20 passengers - $50; 21 or more passengers - $100

2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge MD 21613
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