Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Rock Hall

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Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, a part of the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, is a 2,286-acre (9.25 km2) island located at the confluence of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay. Established in 1962 as a sanctuary for migratory birds, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge provides natural habitat for over 240 bird species — including bald eagles and transitory peregrine falcons — and is a major staging site for tundra swans.

The refuge comprises the entirety of Eastern Neck Island, projecting into a bend of the Chester River. The island was one of the first settled places in Maryland, where Major Joseph Wickes was granted 800 acres (3.2 km2) in 1650 and built the now-vanished "Wickliffe" mansion.
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  • Leave the traffic behind and enjoy a walk through the butterfly garden, forest or beach on the bay. After seeing what the proceeds of the US Duck Stamp does you'll want to buy one every year. 
    Leave the traffic behind and enjoy a walk through the butterfly garden, forest or beach on the bay. After seeing what the proceeds of the US Duck Stamp does you'll want to buy one every year.  more »
  • There’s a small but good visitor center at the end of the road, and there we got a map of the hiking trails, and recommendations on which to take. All the trails are rather short, but each offer... 
    There’s a small but good visitor center at the end of the road, and there we got a map of the hiking trails, and recommendations on which to take. All the trails are rather short, but each offer...  more »
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  • Update: I came back. Brought a new drone and shot this absolutely beautiful sunset! Definitely one of the prettiest spots along the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay! And they even have restrooms! (Though. Now that the regular season is older, its just a Porta potty right now.) I took my drone out here to get some footage of the marsh and edges of the Bay. Such a beautiful place with REALLY great walking/hiking trails and a marsh viewing site/platform that puts you out in the middle of it all! Gorgeous!!! Visited here on my Birthday and really enjoyed the visit!
  • A great example of how our Federal Duck Stamo dollars work for us. Always ducks and geese... very nice to see some Bald Eagles up close ... and tundra swans too!

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