Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region
2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
(410) 228-2677
Bald eagles near the drive. Copyright: Bob Quinn
Bald eagles near the drive

Wildlife Drive at Blackwater

The Wildlife Drive is a paved road -- approximately 4 miles in length -- that takes visitors along the Blackwater River and offers excellent views of the local wildlife, including waterfowl, shorebirds, turtles, bald eagles, ospreys, and the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel. Visitors can drive, bike, or walk the length of the Drive, and the road is open from dawn to dusk every day.

Along the Drive, visitors will find access to the Marsh Edge Trail (note: this trail is closed during eagle nesting season due to an eagle pair nesting near the parking lot) and the Woods Trail, and can also access an observation blind that offers photographers and birdwatchers an opportunity to more closely observe a wetland area. From the Drive, visitors can also get relatively close to several osprey platforms, including the Osprey Cam platform, which broadcasts live images to the Friends of Blackwater website.

Turnouts are available at different points on the road so visitors can safely stop to observe the scenery. Walking and biking on the drive is permitted; however, visitors must remain on the paved road. While on the Refuge, please obey all signs, and refrain from feeding or harassing wildlife. Also pets are not allowed on trails or out of vehicles on the Wildlife Drive, even if on a leash. This policy is to protect the endangered ground-feeding Delmarva fox squirrels.

View a brochure (758 KB PDF) that offers highlights and a map of the Wildlife Drive.

Wildlife Drive. Credit: Sid Keiser

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Last updated: October 7, 2010