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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

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2185 T Wallace Drive, Route 1, Cambridge, MD 21613
+1 410-228-2677
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Great place!

They have a new-looking, very nice visitor center. Be sure to go upstairs to look out the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sylvia G
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Warren, Pennsylvania
Listen to the birds

We turned down the road for the scenic tour totally on a whim -- and were so glad we did. This is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AnotherHappyTraveler
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Baltimore, Maryland
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A good place to observe avariety of migrating birds.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“bald eagles” (86 reviews)
“visitor center” (40 reviews)
“water birds” (7 reviews)
LOCATION
2185 T Wallace Drive, Route 1, Cambridge, MD 21613
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+1 410-228-2677
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"bird watching"
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"great blue heron"
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"eastern shore"
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"paved road"
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"wildlife refuge"
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"harriet tubman"
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"scenic drive"
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"bring binoculars"
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"observation area"
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"love nature"
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"the loop"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a new-looking, very nice visitor center. Be sure to go upstairs to look out the observation windows with their telescopes. The wildlife drive was very nice. We had hoped to try canoeing but the weather wasn’t good. The trails were buggy so we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We turned down the road for the scenic tour totally on a whim -- and were so glad we did. This is bird heaven -- we saw lots of red-winged blackbirds, egrets, and most fun, nesting eastern screech owls high in the trees (pointed out...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to take the family. Hiking trails are fun and on the scenic drive the wildlife is always fun to observe. Don’t forget to stop at the visitor center. Very educational!

Thank Sydney M
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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to see bald eagles, osprey, red-headed woodpeckers, great blue herons, great egrets and many other birds. There are a few trails to hike and you can also bike the refuge. Go early for the best sightings and enjoy the quiet...More

1  Thank a1trvlagt
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Reviewed May 8, 2018

Excellent visitor center, but come to walk thru woods on trails, bicycle, or canoe/kayak on the Little Blackwater River. Bring binoculars, sunblock, and insect repellant. A place to turn off and put away the smart phones, and listen for the quiet and sounds of the...More

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

We drove around the area. Very pretty scenery. Lakes with interesting plants. Interesting visitors center.

Thank Marvin G
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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

We are soooo glad we came. Herons, osprey and bald eagles were just some of the wildlife we saw. It was breathtaking. Take the tour for a $3 donation. It was truly amazing.

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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

Amazing refuge with a great driving tour and stops to wildlife watch. It’s totally worth a few hours to enjoy the environment. The visitor center is great and the staff was outstanding.

Thank James C
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

Great place to get photographs of Eagles and other wonderful birds. Quiet place to fish in some areas. My husband and I love to take the canoe out, fish and have a picnic on the water. Great place for the family to get away from...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

I spent the entire day at Black water to be able to experience early morning and late afternoon birdind. There is never a disappointment in experiencing the shifting habbitat . The shore birds, waterfowl, osprey nesting and the Bald Eagles are a spectacle to behold.

Thank Tetonted1995
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Darlene K
July 7, 2017|
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Response from katlehker | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at a vrbo property on the water which was nice
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Mary M
November 12, 2016|
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Response from travelexplorer27 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you may bring your dog if he/she is in your car. You may want to stop at the Visitors Center and inquire as to whether you could take your dog for a walk (while on a leash). This place always makes us feel so relaxed... More
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Mary M
November 12, 2016|
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Response from Beth D | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed but have to remain in the car. Not allowed on hiking trails etc. due to the fact that this is bird and wildlife sanctuary. Elk Neck Wildlife Refuge which is about same distance from Kent Island (Bay Bridge... More
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