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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

2185 T Wallace Drive, Route 1, Cambridge, MD 21613
410-228-2677
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Biking
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Owner description: A good place to observe avariety of migrating birds.
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Herndon, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I came here originally to finish off seeing the Maryland National Parks as the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument is partially based here. I didn't really know what to expect, but wow was I pleasantly surprised! The visitor center is great, clearly recently remodeled. It has really good information on the management techniques used there and why, and brilliant... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Blackwater is just a lovely place. The vistas are lovely, the trails easy but quiet, the wildlife close at hand. This visit I saw the usual array of water fowl, four heron, and a bald eagle up close and personal. This is a great place to be in touch with nature.

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We were short of time so drove the trail and were lucky to see egrets, eagles, turtles, butterflies....it was amazing. It was so quiet that it was easy to pull over to take photos. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the area and enjoy bird watching.

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Rockville, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

BNWR offers a variety for all likes. The visitor center is newly renovated and provides a comprehensive study of the area. Wildlife drive is perfect for recreational bikers with 3 and 6 mile loop. Several trails are available for 'walkers'. The views across the marshes are timeless and eagles, herons, egrets, and geese abound.

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Washington, D.C.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Lovely venue, charming bookstore, interesting exhibits, easy boardwalk to water. Good overview of wildlife refuge system.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We enjoyed the well-kept roads and trails within the refuge. The visitors center is very attractive and has interesting displays. It's staffed by friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who are happy to talk with you about the refuge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Every time we have been here has been different - the drive thru hasn't changed but what wildlife you will see is unpredictable (as is the weather when you plan your trip months in advance!). This time we had an unexpected treat: the recent opening of the new Visitor's Center ( with excellent restrooms).

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Ithaca, NY
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We rented kayaks and had a lovely row around the refuge. It was a really easy trip, and then we had a nice walk with the kids.

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Coatesville, PA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is an example our Federal taxes doing really good! A learning experience for ALL ages. Extremely well-kept with wonderful bike/hike trails. Clean as a whistle … and we hope it stays that way. Can't wait to return to see it near sundown!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We brought our bikes with us and rode through the park. It was a beautiful day and we got to see a lot of wild life.

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