Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge

#1 of 16 in Things to do in Cambridge
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the critical migration highway called the Atlantic Flyway. The refuge is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, just 12 mi (19 km) south of Cambridge, Maryland in Dorchester County, and consists of over 28,000 acres (110 km2) of freshwater impoundments, brackish tidal wetlands, open fields, and mixed evergreen and deciduous forests. Blackwater NWR is one of over 540 units in the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Blackwater Refuge is fed by the Blackwater River and the Little Blackwater River. The name "blackwater" comes from the tea-colored waters of the local rivers, which are darkened by the tannin that is picked up as the water drains through peat soil in the marshes.
Put Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cambridge road trip site.
Create an itinerary including Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
495 reviews
  • This is a beautiful national park. Birders delight! Take the nature drive, hikes, and the observation area is not to be missed.  more »
  • Nice refuge, I saw some neat mushrooms and trees, and a Delmarva fox squirrel, but overall horrible experience. The pesky biting flies did not go away, even with large amounts of bug spray and...  more »

Plan your trip to Cambridge

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.