Please Note: Effective November 20, 2010, the Visitor Center is closed for renovation. Our gift store and information desk have been temporarily relocated to the Environmental Education building at the start of the Wildlife Drive (same hours as Visitor Center). You can learn more about the status of the renovation work on our News page.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge offers a wealth of recreational and visitor opportunities for
all age groups. Although much of Blackwater Refuge is composed of wetlands, there are still many ways
to get close to the wildlife and to enjoy the scenery. Use the menu on the right to explore the many types of
visitor opportunities available.
When you come to Blackwater Refuge, first stop by the Visitor Center on Key
Wallace Drive (see map or
driving directions) where you
will find wildlife exhibits, an authentic eagle's nest, our Eagle Cam
and Osprey Cam TV monitors, the Eagle's Nest Book and Gift Shop, a butterfly garden, restrooms, and maps and brochures that will help you make the most of your visit.
On the second floor of the Visitor Center is the "Wild Birds Unlimited
Pathways to Nature Observatory," which features bird exhibits and spotting scopes for viewing the Blackwater
River, the marsh, and the Osprey Cam platform. (The second floor is accessible
via a staircase or a wheelchair-friendly elevator).
Your next stop after the Visitor Center should be the Wildlife Drive, which is an approximately four-mile-long paved road that takes visitors along the Blackwater
River and offers excellent views of the local wildlife, including our bald eagles. Visitors
can drive, bike, or walk the length of the Drive.
In addition, Blackwater Refuge offers land trails, paddling trails, and also hunting/fishing/crabbing
opportunities. And if you're interested
in our educational programs for young people, visit the Education page
If you have any further questions, be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on entrance
fees, the weather, and nearby towns and lodging.
And if you ever have questions or need assistance while at the Refuge, you can drop
by the Visitor Center and the friendly staff will be happy to help.