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 resource management, recreation and agriculture. 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, schools and scout groups. Service learning opportunities abound at Wye Island. For service learning and volunteer opportunities at Wye Island NRMA, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 410-827-7577 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wye Island is a great place to go for a walk on the shore. We did the longer version of the loop which comes back by the Holly Tree (which really is pretty big!).
There is a very secluded area about half-way out to the water on this trail which is an open meadow area surrounded by newly planted trees and forest. A great place to eat your lunch.
We've done it with the entire family (12,10,6,2) and the trail was wide/easy enough for the jogging stroller the entire way.
The only hitch was when we stopped for water on top of a tick nest and found ourselves with 30+ on each of our legs after ~1 min of stopping! A little bit of freak-out from the younger ones but was fine after we kept moving.
They bush-hog all the trails on the island but this is done on an ad-hoc basis without prior-planning (I called to find out) so hitting them right after being mowed (which is the best time) will be a bit of luck.
Bruce K. on Old School House - Holly Tree Loop, Wye Island
We only did the section that runs straight to the water and back to the parking lot but it was a nice easy walk for me and my two small children. We will go back and do the full loop some other time, what a nice place this is. Lots of horses out and about when we were there and hunting is allowed here so mind what time of year it was.