The Wildlife Drive is a paved road -- approximately 4 miles in length -- that takes visitors along the Blackwater River and offers excellent views of the local wildlife, including our bald eagles.
The Drive and associated trails are open from dawn to dusk every day, and visitors can drive, bike, or walk the length of the Drive.
Wildlife seen from the Drive includes waterfowl, shorebirds, turtles, deer, endangered Delmarva fox squirrels, ospreys, and
Along the Drive, visitors will find access to the Marsh Edge Trail (note: this trail is closed during eagle nesting season due to an eagle pair nesting near the parking lot) and the Woods Trail, and
can also access an observation blind that offers photographers and birdwatchers
an opportunity to more closely observe the wildlife.
From the Drive, visitors can also get relatively close to several osprey platforms, including the Osprey Cam platform, which broadcasts live images to our website.
Turnouts are available at different points on the road
so visitors can safely stop to view the wildlife.
Remember that visitors on the Drive
are asked to stay on the roadway. Also pets are not allowed on trails or
out of vehicles on the Wildlife Drive, even if on a leash. This policy is to protect the endangered ground-feeding
Delmarva fox squirrels. Pets can be walked in the parking lot around the Visitor Center.
View a brochure (769 KB PDF file) detailing the highlights of the
Below are two photos taken from the Wildlife Drive; the photos
feature a three-chick osprey family and a perched bald eagle.