With 27,000 acres of dramatic marshland and great wildlife watching, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge attracts visitors from all over the world. Watch for bald eagles, great blue herons, migrating ducks and birds, osprey, Delmarva fox squirrels, sika deer, and more. Spring is a great time to see migrating shorebirds, and October and November are prime time for seeing upwards of 50,000 migrating ducks and geese, as well as tundra swans and sika deer. Explore the four-mile Wildlife Drive by car or bicycle, or walk one of the short nature trails. Or just come for the breathtaking sunsets.
No wonder the refuge was named one of the top 10 “amazing places to watch wildlife” by USA Today (along with the likes of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks), as well as one of “Top 25 Hot Spots” by Outdoor Photographer magazine. The Blackwater Visitor Center also has interesting exhibits. Each March, the refuge hosts the Eagle Festival, with great views of birds of prey and lots of activities for kids.