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“Worth a visit, even if only for a short time”

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A good place to observe avariety of migrating birds.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped at the visitor center to get some information about the water trails. Folks are friendly and very helpful. Place is run by volunteers, so very impressive. There is an entry fee to enter the preserve, but it is quite unique and worth the trip as it is quite scenic with places to stop and take in the view. It's right around the corner from the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, so you could do both in an afternoon.

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"bird watching"
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"great blue heron"
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"eastern shore"
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"paved road"
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"wildlife refuge"
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"the loop"
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"scenic drive"
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"observation area"
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"black water"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family visits Blackwater a few times a year and we are never disappointed. We always see different species of birds and often Sika deer too. Bald eagles are seen everywhere, as are herons and osprey. You can drive the loop or get out and hike a bit. It’s a great family outing for kids and adults.

Thank cindylouwho712
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is always a new moment to capture. Love the beauty and serenity of this place. We didn’t see any eagles this time, but were still greeted by many feathered (and winged) friends...

Thank Meg F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the hiking here can be buggy (bring insect repellent!), the views of birds in this refuge are lovely. We recommend bringing binoculars and check with the rangers about which trails are open and less buggy each day. The drive on the road through the refuge is well worth the time and walking on the board walks is delightful.

Thank newtonhiker
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have a new-looking, very nice visitor center. Be sure to go upstairs to look out the observation windows with their telescopes. The wildlife drive was very nice. We had hoped to try canoeing but the weather wasn’t good. The trails were buggy so we didn’t try that either. Lots of birds.

Thank Sylvia G
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