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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 2185 T Wallace Drive, Route 1, Cambridge, MD 21613
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A good place to observe avariety of migrating birds.

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Stunning vistas and excellent birding

The visitors center was staffed by a volunteer who enthusiastically shared advice on where to see particular birds and other creatures in the park. The visitors center has a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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wash dc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitors center was staffed by a volunteer who enthusiastically shared advice on where to see particular birds and other creatures in the park. The visitors center has a marvelous bird cam featuring an osprey nest. The wildlife drive is dotted with stopping points that reveal spectacular scenery. Be aware that some trails can be so muddy as to be... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful. Visitors are invited to drive, walk or bike along the paved road through the refuge. A wonderful spot for some downtime after a busy day of sightseeing.

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Thank Mary B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We discovered the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge by bike. A very good experience because the marshland is flat and there are excellent bike lanes. You ride along the fascinating coast or through the marshland with a lot of creeks and lakes and plenty of birds. For example we watched a bald eagle with its young eagle kids - amazing!

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Stockton, CA
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I saw Blackwater National Wildlife on a map and thought it would be an interesting route to Hoopers Island. What an incredible drive through marshlands. The only downside was road flooding due to the effects of high tide and recent storms. Aside from that, it was one of the highlights of our Eastern Shore experience. So peaceful and serene.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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119 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some of us aren't the biggest wildlife/nature fans (preferring historical and cultural travel), but we still found Wildlife Drive a very peaceful and beautiful route before heading to the new Harriet Tubman Site. The staff were very helpful with getting me a National Parks access pass - we also saw them track down another couple who had left behind their... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are into nature and seeing birds and other creatures, this is a wonderful place to go. I saw my first bald eagles in the wild here.

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Thank eva A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We parked at the visitor center and cycled to Cambridge for lunch. On our return, we cycled along the Refuge's scenic drive and caught sight of quite a few birds. We returned the following morning to visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railway Visitor Center. Both are worth a stop either on a dedicated visit or a brief stop when passing... More 

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Thank Don H
MD
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wildlife loop drive is nice, but we're disappointed no dogs are allowed on the hiking trails. Saw a bald eagle and many osprey and other critters.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What fun cycling the 5 mile drive through the wetlands of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Saw an eaglet, osprey, herons, and other marsh life. Later drove through using binoculars. Magical place.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

By taking the time, being quiet, and observing our surroundings, we were blessed with seeing lots of birds, a few turtles and a black snake. Certainly not a place that you can rush through. The roads are really only made for one lane, although one car can pass another if necessary. The day we visited, most of the other visitors... More 

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