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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

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Amazing any time of year

It's snow geese season now! Eagles and great blue herons are also frequently seen at Blackwater... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Always a good place to go

We hadn’t been for years and were eager to see wildlife. Unfortunately, we saw just 2 herons... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kensington, Maryland
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A good place to observe avariety of migrating birds.
2185 T Wallace Drive, Route 1, Cambridge, MD 21613
+1 410-228-2677
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It's snow geese season now! Eagles and great blue herons are also frequently seen at Blackwater. Sunrise and sunsets are gorgeous and also a great time to get the early birds and enjoy an amazing serenity. With the wildlife drive offering plenty of pull-off places,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn’t been for years and were eager to see wildlife. Unfortunately, we saw just 2 herons. Visitor center offers good information and exhibits. Gift shop is nice too. Will go again.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

The day we visited it was pouring rain and most of the Wildlife Drive was closed due to the opening day of deer season and the refuge being opened to hunting. The visitor's center has quite a bit to see and a nice collection of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RangerBear73
Reviewed November 29, 2018

I took a morning drive and ended up in Elliott, Maryland, which is about 48 miles away, just south of Vienna. To get to Elliott you must travel through 25 miles of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. This is a very unique area of bog...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank srwilliford
Reviewed November 28, 2018

The Visitor Center is amazing with lots of animals on display and maps and exhibits that are very helpful to understand the migrations. And the Nature drive is very scenic and educational. We were there when lots of birds were passing through. The volunteers there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

If you want to see a beautiful marsh area with all sorts of birds pay a visit. We went twice in one day to see the place in different lights.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Arthur515
Reviewed November 20, 2018

We enjoyed our drive through this Wildlife Refuge. We received excellent assistance at the Visitor’s Center. Had we more time we would have walked the trails.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank M788JOgaryr
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Anyone traveling through or around the Eastern Shore of MD you must stop and take in this beautiful wildlife refuge. Surrounded by wonderful water views and lots of different birds to see. Great for kids.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank pam h
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Great opportunity to learn about the Chesapeake ecological system. Can view Bald Eagles and a wide range of other birds native to the region. Can see the ebb and flow of marshes and woodlands. Stop at the welcome center first for an overview. Be sure...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ehg2018
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

I have been wanting to visit for a while. Weather didn't permit much time but we found "Turtle Town" (a little stream running along wildlife drive with MANY turtles sunning on logs and a lazy snapping turtle cruising around in the water as well.) We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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
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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are the bugs out yet? (2 Replies)
We would like to visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge but we have heard that this part of Maryland gets a lot of mosquitoes and black flies at certain times of year. Can you tell me if the bugs are bad in that area right now? Also, when is the best time to visit the wildlife refuge to avoid a lot of mosquitos and black flies. Thanks!
May 16, 2016|
Response fromMomma23boyz|
Try calling them directly to get most recent update. Generally the earlier in the summer, the better.