Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, approximately 12 miles south of the town of Cambridge, in Dorchester County. Blackwater was established in 1933 as a refuge for migratory birds. The Refuge includes over 27,000 acres, composed mainly of rich tidal marsh characterized by fluctuating water levels and varying salinity. Other habitat types include freshwater ponds, mixed evergreen and deciduous forests, and small amounts of cropland and managed impoundments that are seasonally looded for waterfowl use.  As a major stop on the Atlantic Flyway, Blackwater is a vital haven for waterfowl, as well as a sanctuary for the threatened American bald eagle, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and the recently delisted peregrine falcon.

   US-50 to Cambridge, south on MD-16, left on MD-335 for approximately 5 miles, left at refuge sign on Key Wallace Drive. Entrance to the Visitor Center is 1 mile and to the Wildlife Drive is 2 miles, both on the right. The automobile entrance fee for the Wildlife Drive is $3.



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