Refuge Closures


Beginning September 3, 2019, the operating hours of the Visitor Center will change to 9:00am - 4:00pm daily, with Thanksgiving and Christmas remaining the only two regularly scheduled closed days during the year.

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

A majority of the Wildlife Drive will be closed on the following days for refuge deer management hunts.  The Pool 5 (west) section of the Drive will remain open free of charge, with visitors entering through what is normally the Key Wallace exit:

Friday, December 6

Friday, January 10, 2020

Key Wallace Trail

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

December 2, 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, and 28

January 3, 4, 10, 11, and 25, 2020