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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 2185 T Wallace Drive, Route 1, Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone Number: +1 410-228-2677

A good place to observe avariety of migrating birds.

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If you love nature and wildlife go to Blackwater National WIldlife Refuge

Adjoining the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, this absolutely spectacular slice of Maryland tidelands should not be missed. Unfortunately time ran out on us, and we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Paul C
Kensington, Maryland
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Kensington, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Adjoining the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, this absolutely spectacular slice of Maryland tidelands should not be missed. Unfortunately time ran out on us, and we visited early in winter after most of the bird migrations had ended, but the views at sunset were fabulous, and had we more time to visit, I think we would have found it a... More 

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Prince Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The refuge was awesome. Very serene with several species of waterfowl. We saw several Bald Eagles soaring around the refuge. Check it out!

Thank nmajett
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge a few times in the spring and fall. Definitely a place to find the nesting bald eagles as well as wintering ducks and geese. The Refuge is not only a great place for birders but also a peaceful, relaxing and beautiful place for nature lovers. Upon coming to the parking lot this time,... More 

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Putnam Valley, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure to leave enough time to check out all the displays at the beautiful visitor center - so interesting. On the wildlife drive, go slowly and be quiet you never know what you'll see. We saw numerous eagles, blue herons, various waterfowl and the Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Remember too that purchases in the gift shop help the refuge !!!

Thank september9
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only wish we had visited when biking was available. Beautiful sanctuary to walk, drive, or bike through . Lots of bald eagles, heron, and harriers. Well worth the visit!!

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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a beautiful drive through a large marsh full of gorgeous wild birds and natural landscapes. This is a good way to tailor a drive for family and friends that may not be able to take a hike, but want to enjoy some natural beauty. You can pull over at some points and take an nice walk or you... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Blackwater Refuge is one of the largest marshes along the East Coast, probably in the whole USA. That just adds to its attraction as it is popular with wildbirds, in turn attracting many serious bird watchers. It is an extraordinary experience to visit this area of marsh, waterways and not much land which was almost without other tourists when we... More 

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Cambridge, Maryland
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful refuge, great picture taken of the wold life. The visitor's Center is the best I've seen and the staff is friendly and helpful

1 Thank Nora S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

The refuge is huge and will take at least 2 hours to drive through if you're following the Harriet Tubman trail. Be sure to pay the $3 fee and do the 'Wildlife Drive'. We saw several bald eagles along with numerous other water fowl at the first overlook. The Tubman museum and State Park within the reserve is set to... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

It is a nice, quiet reserve from where to watch birds, both wetland and ospreys/eagles. But beware of the bugs. Even in October, we stepped out for a few minutes and were covered with them, so I can't even imagine how it would be in the summer. The entrance fee is $3 which needs to be put into a sealed... More 

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