632 Wye Island Road
Queenstown, MD 21658
Wye Island NRMA is located in the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay
between the Wye River and the Wye East River. Of Wye Island's 2,800
acres, 2,450 are managed by the Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Park Service for agricultural and resource management. A major
emphasis at Wye Island is to provide suitable habitat for wintering
waterfowl populations and other native wildlife. A primary resource
management objective at Wye Island is the stabilization of the 30 miles
of ever-eroding shoreline. These efforts are accomplished through a
partnership between DNR and numerous environmental advocacy groups,
such as the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the USDA-RC&D Council. Service
learning opportunities abound at Wye Island.
Wildlife viewing and
hiking are the most popular activities on Wye Island's six miles of
trails. The School House Woods Nature Trail takes you through a mature
hardwood forest while the Ferry Landing Trail leads beneath a canopy of
Osage Orange Trees. Wye Island also houses a Holly Tree that is more
than 275 years old. Follow the Holly Tree Trail to visit this long-time
The topography of the
island is relatively flat. From the novice to the advanced hiker,
access to trail system is very easy. Visitors can see a variety of
birds and wildlife including ducks, geese, wading birds, Bald Eagles,
the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel, whitetail deer and many other
species. Horseback riding and bicycling are also popular but visitors
are encouraged to approach these activities with respect for the
environment. Horses and bicycles may be off limits in some areas during
specific times of the year. Please call ahead to confirm access.
For information about
the Trailblazer Program, which allows you to support trails in the
Maryland State Park of your choice, please click Maryland Trailblazer Program.
The deer population is
specially managed by permit only hunts held each Fall and Winter. From
mid September to late January, these hunts help maintain the ecological
balance between the whitetail deer herd and their habitat. There is
limited fox chasing and raccoon hunting, also by permit only. For more
information, contact the facility.
From Bay Bridge (East bound):
Travel 12.5 miles eastbound on Route 50 and turn right onto Carmichael
Road. Travel 5.1 miles on Carmichael Road until you cross the Wye
Island Bridge. From the Wye Island Bridge, travel south on Wye Island
Road for approximately 4.2 miles. Numerous public parking areas are
available along Wye Island Road.
From Easton (West bound):
westbound on Route 50 to the Maryland Route 213 traffic light. Continue
west on Route 50 for three miles and look for sign (Wye Island NRMA).
Turn left onto Carmichael Road. Travel 5.1 miles on Carmichael Road
until you cross the Wye Island Bridge. From the Wye Island Bridge,
travel south on Wye Island Road for approximately 4.2 miles. Numerous
public parking areas are available along Wye Island Road.
For more information: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/eastern/wyeisland.html