Refuge Status


The Blackwater NWR Visitor Center has suspended operations until further notice in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The suspension of operations is supported by the State of Maryland. All trails (except Marsh Edge Trail - see below) and the Wildlife Drive remain open daily dawn through dusk, and the fee for Wildlife Drive has been waived. All refuge paddling trails and launches are open, but be advised that staff has not been able to perform annual maintenance on these trails.

Please note that NO restroom facilities are available.

Please report any public safety concerns to the refuge email .

All remaining spring Guided Birding Tours are cancelled until further notice.

CDC tips for reducing the spread of and exposure to germs.

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.

Marsh Edge Trail

The Marsh Edge Trail is currently CLOSED until further notice to minimize disturbance to nesting bald eagles.  The trail will remain closed until nesting is complete and chicks have left the nest.