Refuge Closures


Weather Related Closures

The Blackwater NWR Visitor Center and/or Wildlife Drive may be closed during and after severe weather and winter storms for safety purposes.  To check the status of the refuge, please call 410-228-2677 and enter extension 7620 (if no one answers the phone).  The refuge status can also be checked at the Blackwater NWR Facebook page.

Wildlife Drive Closures

A majority of the Wildlife Drive, including the Marsh Edge Trail and Woods Trail, will be closed on the following date for deer management hunts.  The west loop of the Wildlife Drive (around Pool 5) will remain open free of charge:

January 4, 2019

Key Wallace Trail Closures

The Key Wallace Trail will be closed on the following dates for deer management hunts:

December 22, 28, and 29

January 4, 5, and 26, 2019

Marsh Edge Trail

The Marsh Edge Trail is now closed to protect nesting eagles and other birds. The trail usually reopens mid-summer.