Millington Wildlife Demonstration Area is a cozy little spot located in Massey, Md. right down the road from the Massey Aerodome and Museum. It’s an easy ride down Route 301 that snakes through eastern Maryland and Delaware to Route 313 east, which will become Route 330 when you cross over into Massey.
Google maps recently updated its topography and does not show the wooded area for the WMA, but if you take a left turn onto Black Bottom Road, off 330, you will drive through a heavily wooded region and fin two parking areas to your right. I recommended the second parking turn off, as it has a much more defined trail and several walking options once you get into the woods.
Millington is very inland, so there is not a great chance you will see a lot of coastal or wading birds, but I have seen hawks and vultures over head and blue herons in one of the several ponds on site.
The marsh-heavy areas provides great locations for snakes, turtles, snappers and frogs and toads are pretty easily spotted. The dragonfly population is alo very big with a nice mix of species.
Because the paths are not heavily trafficked and just lined with small bushes, trees and overgrown weeds the environment is exceptionally good for insects and spiders. Butterflies are plentiful throughout the spring and summer months and the species will shift from satyrs and brushfoots and blues to whites, swallowtails and monarchs. You can spend a lot of time picking through standing plants and branches if you have a marco lens and an interest in various beatles, bugs and arachnids.
There are not a lot of of biting flies so spray is not overly necessary, but I have pulled a tick or two off after a walk on the trails.
Be aware, Millington is a public hunting area, so if you are looking to stop by, the summer months are strongly recommended. Hunters will be there during the fall.
33626 Maryland Line Road
Massey, MD 21650
Millington WMA on the Maryland DNR website
Millington WMA on the old Maryland DNR website
Hunting information at Millington
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