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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
Owner description: A good place to observe avariety of migrating birds.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Biking
Owner description: A good place to observe avariety of migrating birds.
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English first
Pa
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164 reviews 164 reviews
36 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This landscape is gorgeous in a very different way...lots of little bodies of water...lots of various tree and shrub growth.....and lots of egrets, herons, turtles, bald eagles, and deer to spot. We bicycled the wilderness road (about 6 miles) twice because we enjoyed it so much the first time. What a treasure this place is.

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Ocean County, NJ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and I rented bikes from Blackwater Paddle & Pedal Adventures which is located a short distance from the Wildlife Refuge. Reserve the bikes in advance. We recommend that you download the IPhone app that guides you through the Refuge. The tour on a bike is about 5 miles. I think this is absolutely doable for people in any... More 

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Washington DC
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249 reviews 249 reviews
59 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Want to see eagles and seabirds? This is the place to go. It's a little bit of drive from major urban areas, but worth the trip (2+ hours from DC). Spring and Fall are the best times to visit. Not far from Cambridge MD which has some very food places to eat.

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Cambridge, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I have been birding in Maryland and elsewhere for over 30 years now and Blackwater NWR has been one of my favorite locations for at least the past 25 years. If you're at all interested in natural history and are visiting in Dorchester County, by all means plan for a day spent driving the Wildlife Trail and walking the various... More 

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North Haven, ct
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153 reviews 153 reviews
82 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Was in Cambridge MD for a long weekend and we were looking for something locally to kill some time. There's not a ton to do in this area, but I did find Blackwater National Refuge and I'm glad we did. This is supposed to be the largest area to see bald eagles on the east coast. We unfortunately weren't lucky... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

We come here regularly and always enjoy it. What a concept -- a wildlife refuge you can drive through. Also, perfect outing if you like nature but just aren't up to a hike. First time I came here, I was VERY pregnant and definitely wasn't up to even a walk, much less a hike!

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

My wife and I visited the preserve in late May so we could not walk the trail with bald eagle chicks and Great blue heron babies in their nests. We still had a wonderful time. You walk some pretty trails and drive a one way, one lane road through the marshes. Bring a camera and a level of patience that... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We arrived at the visitor center with the intention of cycling around the area. BWNWR has two published routes a d the staff went over what she considered to be the most scenic. We ultimately decided on traveling the loop route 25 mi in counterclockwise direction. -And we were rewarded with awesome views of heron, turtles, and deer. We also... More 

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Nanuet, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Unique layout, lots of birds, friendly personnel, nice kayaking place nearby (half a mile along the road past the refuge).

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I visited the refuge with my family in June 2013 and we greatly enjoyed it. I was a little bit disappointed that there are not very many good hiking / trail options in the refuge. My husband and I had hoped to hike a five mile loop, but when we arrived we found that the 'trail' was more of a... More 

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