In Part 3 of this series, we explored some great areas and roads in Southern Maryland. Now we end our trip at the Eastern Shore where rural land, a notable fishing sector and 23 wildlife management areas offer plenty of activities for a full family outing itinerary.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Called the “Everglades of the North” and one of the “Last Great Places,” Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge features a mixed landscape of forest, marsh and shallow water habitats. Containing one-third of the state’s tidal wetlands, Blackwater hosts a striking biodiversity. It was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary, but is also home to the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida. During the fall and winter, the family can watch for a stunning variety of birds like blackbirds, ducks and geese, Tundra swans, Bald eagles and sometimes Golden eagles. Don’t miss out on the walking trails, water trails and the auto tour route to fully immerse yourself in this area’s atmosphere. You can also visit Blackwater’s observation platform where public spotting scopes provide a perfect view of eagles hunting nearby. If you can do a daylong trip, definitely stay for the fiery sunset that lights up the sky and reflects across the refuge waters.

If you’re looking for a good hunt, Blackwater welcomes archery, muzzleloader and shotgun hunts for white-tailed and sika deer. You’ll also find special hunting opportunities for every sportsman, no matter their age or ability. Recreational fishing and crabbing is also permitted.

To get to Blackwater Refuge, take the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway. The road follows a path that features African-American history that will inspire you and your family and spur conversations about freedom and liberty.Experience the exact landscape Harriet Tubman traversed 150 years ago to carry slaves to freedom while risking her life and those of her people. You can stop by the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center to learn more about this profound part of Maryland and American history.

A few notable stops along the road, like Bucktown, are great for biking, as well as canoe and kayak rentals. Don’t forget to stop at some of the other sites that are part of the Chesapeake Bay Loop, like various charters, historic lighthouses, bay water tours and seafood restaurants.