Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a great park which appears to be overlooked in the grand scheme of things. We visited the refuge on a very cold and rainy December day (right after Christmas) and were very surprised to find it extremely interesting.
Driving through the park (which is very easily accessible) we saw tons of wild birds – blue herons, geese, ducks, to name a few. The views were spectacular and memorable
Here is a slideshow with photos I took during the trip to the park and the near-by (about 20-30 minutes away) Hoopers Island on the Chesapeake Bay
In terms of any suggestions and tips on getting there etc, here are my observations:
- At the entrance to the park (if you are coming along route 335) you will see directions to the visitors center. I recommend you take advantage of it – nice bathrooms 🙂 and of course a lot of helpful brochures and maps of things to see and do in the park
- Once you leave the visitors center, you will continue by turning right on Key Wallace Drive and look for the entrance to the park self drive road = the so called Wildlife Drive.
- At the entrance you will fillout an envelope with information and deposit $3 fee and the envelope lid will be your ticket/receipt to put on the windshield (inside) of your vehicle
- Proceed along the Wildlife drive – there will be many places to stop and observe
- Here is a link to a great brochure from the park service
Once you are finished with your visit to the park – you have the option of driving to Hoopers Island – please see map above. The slide show above also shows you some images from our visit there (albeit a very brief one). During December most places in the area are closed for the season – including a restaurant we were recommended to visit for a nice seafood dinner – Old Salty’s – but which was closed.