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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, located 12 miles south of Cambridge, Maryland, was established in 1933 as a refuge for migratory waterfowl. The refuge includes more than 27,000 acres, composed mainly of rich tidal marsh characterized by fluctuating water levels and variable salinity. Other h...
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Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, a part of the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, is a 2,286-acre island located at the confluence of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay. Established in 1962 as a sanctuary for migratory birds, Eastern Neck NWR provides natural habitat for over 240 bird species - including American bald eagles and transitory peregrine falcons - and is a major staging site for tundra swans.

Wildlife to Watch: Opportunities for wildlife observation and photography abound year-round at Eastern Neck NWR. Six walking trails encompass the refuge's major habitat types, and provide closeup views of Eastern Neck NWR's healthy and diverse fauna and flora.

A universally accessible boardwalk with observation deck and the BayView/Butterfly Trail with waterfront deck and photo blind are favorites with visitors. A "Tundra Swan" boardwalk is located at the start of the island and offers two viewing scopes.

Special Tips: A new boardwalk and observation blind are available behind the Lodge building. This overlooks a tidal marsh and offers a fantastic view of Kent Island.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 2286 acres 
Closest Town: Rock Hall

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingFishingHikingHuntingHandicap AccessibleDrinking WaterBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Tundra Swan - photo by USFWS
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An easy day-trip from the metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Philadelphia, and the nation's capital, Eastern Neck NWR is an increasingly popular nature tourism destination on Maryland's upper Eastern Shore, attracting over 70,000 visitors annually to its waterfront vistas, peaceful walking trails, and watchable wildlife.

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Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area