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Blackwater NWR in Maryland

Trip Overview

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a major ecotourism destination on Maryland's Eastern Shore, approximately 12 miles south of the town of Cambridge, in Dorchester County.

The refuge was established in 1933 as a refuge for migratory birds and includes three paddling trails within its 27,000 acres.

Blackwater is a haven for over 100 American Bald Eagles, the Delmarva Fox squirrel and the peregrine falcon.

Visitor's can enjoy the refuge via driving, hiking, biking and/or kayaking.


Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast (877-221-7799) is located just 15 minutes from the Refuge.


Nominal entrance fee depending on type of vehicle.


US Rt. 50 to Rt. 16 West. Follow designated signs.



  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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