Land Trails

Rules and Regulations

The Marsh Edge Trail can be accessed by turning left at the first fork on the Wildlife Drive. This 1/3 mile long, paved trail runs along the confluence of the Little Blackwater River and Blackwater River and provides great views of the open water areas of the refuge. Amenities along the trail include a toilet, pavilion, benches, and an observation boardwalk that juts out into the river. Be sure to stop at the kiosk for a self - guided brochure before you begin your adventure. Seasonally, this trail is closed from winter to late summer to minimize disturbance to nesting birds.

Marsh Edge Trail Brochure (pdf)

The 1/2-mile Woods Trail offers visitors an opportunity to see the endangered Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel. Blackwater Refuge is home to the largest remaining natural population of these squirrels in the country. The Woods Trail is an area that is managed to provide habitat for the endangered squirrel, which prefers a mature forest with little undergrowth. In spring, these wet woods are alive with the calls of mating tree frogs and toads, as well as numerous songbirds. Visitors can access the Woods Trail from the Wildlife Drive (the first right after the photo blind).

The Key Wallace Trail provides visitors with a chance to observe a timber stand improvement area, as well as wildlife and birds. The trail is at the intersection of Key Wallace Drive and Egypt Road. The Key Wallace Trail is approximately 2.7 miles long and takes about two hours to hike. Please Note: The section of trail that takes you past posts 6 and 7 is currently closed and can be bypassed. Also, during hunting season, one or both sections of the trail may be closed for safety reasons.

Key Wallace Trail Brochure (pdf)

Although not directly related to the well-known "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, who is thought to have been born near this area, the1.5-mile-long Tubman Road Trail is named after an old dirt road which comprises a portion of the trail and was once one of the main access routes to this part of the county.It takes visitors through mixed pine and hardwood forests, sloughs and marshes, and reforested fields. The Tubman Road Trail is located off Hip Roof Road, south of the Visitor Center. The trail takes around 1.5 hours to complete. Yellow trail markers and arrows will help keep you on the path. Dress appropriately because this trail is often wet.

Tubman Road Trail Brochure (pdf)