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  • Remotely located in central Allegany County, Warrior Mountain WMA's 4,400 acres of forest blanket the ridge and stream valley topography which is typically found in Western Maryland. ...
  • The tidal marshes of Taylors Island have been relatively untouched by the development of small towns and villages on the nearby shores. This large island in western Dorchester County is a classic illu...
  • Located adjacent to Seneca Creek State Park on Clopper Road near Gaithersburg, Strider WMA is part of an expansive greenway in Montgomery County that stretches from Damascus to the Potomac River. ...
  • Sinepuxent Bay Wildlife Management Area is a state wildlife management area (WMA) of Maryland that consists of several islands in Sinepuxent Bay, Isle of Wight Bay, and Chincoteague Bay in Worcester C...
  • The overriding goal of the Sideling Hill WMA in eastern Allegany and western Washington Counties is to provide forest wildlife habitat and protection for water quality in Sideling Hill Creek. Dramatic...
  • Pocomoke Sound WMA, with over 900 acres of marsh and tidal mud flats, is located in southern Somerset County. The property provides excellent habitat for ducks, wading birds and shorebirds and more re...
  • Pocomoke River Wildlife Management Area is a state wildlife management area (WMA) of Maryland that lies on the south bank of the Pocomoke River in Worcester County. The Pocomoke River State Forest abu...
  • Patuxent Research Refuge is one of over 540 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the world’s larg...
  • Located in western-central Charles County, Myrtle Grove WMA contains hardwood forests, wildlife plantings, natural and man-made wetlands and early succession habitats....
  • Martin National Wildlife Refuge includes the northern half of Smith Island, which lies 11 miles west of Crisfield, MD, and Watts Island, which is located between the eastern shore of Virginia and Tang...
  • Linkwood WMA is predominantly a dense mixture of oaks, maple, black gum and loblolly pine. Located in Dorchester County, it's just shooting distance from the town of Linkwood. Its 313 acres include s...
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  • Mostly marsh and forested wetland, Ellis Bay is a 3,000-acre wet wonderland. It is perfect habitat for ducks and wading birds, like herons and egrets. White-tailed deer and many other wildlife species...
  • Located at the confluence of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This 2,285-acre island refuge is a major feeding and resting place for migrating and wintering wate...
  • Dan's Mountain WMA, located in western Allegany County, includes the largest contiguous state-owned forest in Maryland. The steep ridges of the mountain, ranging from 900 to 2,800 feet, yield a breath...
  • Because of its nearly 3,000 acres of tidal marsh, ponds and creeks, black ducks flock to the island located in Tangier Sound near the town of Crisfield. Other tidal wetland wildlife species are also a...
  • Covering more than 90 percent of the area, the tidal marsh is a stop over point for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Black ducks, mallards, American wigeon, canvasbacks, lesser scaup, buffleheads an...
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the critical migration highway called the Atlantic Flyway. Blackwater Refuge is located o...
  • Billmeyer is situated within the ridge and valley physiographic province, which is characterized by steep slopes. Elevations range from 800 feet in the hollow along Terrapin Run to a high of 1,200 fee...