Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 2.7 miles
Address: 4200 Egypt Rd, Cambridge, MD 21613
Coordinates: 38.448840, -76.096524
Link to page: https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Region_5/NWRS/South_Zone/Chesapeake_Marshlands_Complex/Blackwater/KeyWallaceTrail.pdf
The Key Wallace Trail is a part of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR), managed by the Chesapeake Marshlands NWR Complex. The trail is free, but parking is limited. There is one trail that divides into two sections: yellow and blue. The yellow is 1.4 miles, and the blue is 1.3 miles. Both of these sections are of medium difficulty. The yellow has a few roots in the ground, making it difficult to walk in some areas. The blue is more advanced than the yellow as it has elevation changes, uneven pathways, and fallen trees.
This trail is part of the BNWR, a 27,000-acre refuge. The US Fish & Wildlife Service created Blackwater in 1933 to protect and provide for species such as the Delmarva fox squirrel and migratory waterfowl. You are also likely to spot some Bald Eagles as well. In total, there are over 250 species of birds.
Before heading out to Key Wallace Trail, be aware of hunting seasons, as hunting is allowed along the trails. Additionally, bugs are very persistent throughout the area, and pets are prohibited. However, it is quiet, well-shaded, and peaceful.