Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to an incredible amount of plant and animal diversity in its three major habitats – forest, marsh and shallow water. The refuge contains one-third of Maryland’s tidal wetlands, which makes it an ecologically important area within the state. These wetlands also provide storm protection to lower Dorchester County, including the town of Cambridge. Blackwater NWR is recognized as a “Wetland of International Importance” by the Ramsar Convention and was named a priority wetland in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. In addition, Blackwater NWR has been designated as an Internationally Important Bird Area.

Blackwater NWR is currently home to the largest remaining natural population of endangered Delmarva peninsula fox squirrels and is also home to the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida.

The refuge has been referred to as the “Everglades of the North,” and has been called one of the “Last Great Places” by the Nature Conservancy.

Opening Hours


08:00 AM - 04:00 PM


08:00 AM - 04:00 PM


08:00 AM - 04:00 PM


08:00 AM - 04:00 PM


08:00 AM - 04:00 PM


09:00 AM - 05:00 PM


09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

The Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. In addition to being a prime viewing spot for bald eagles as they soar over the center and forage in the nearby marsh, the center has exhibits specific to the refuge, an upstairs observation area and library, an authentic eagle's nest, and two TV monitors for watching live video from the osprey and eagle cams and the eagle’s nest bookstore. Outside the building is a Butterfly and Beneficial Insect Garden. The wildlife drive and walking trails are all open from dawn to dusk every day. Pets are not allowed on the refuge outside a vehicle, even on a leash. Fee charged for entry to refuge. Please visit the website for more information.


Our Address:

2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD 21613


38.4448258, -76.1196167



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