Self-Guided Opportunities
Location Schoolhouse Woods Nature Trail, Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area, 410-827-7577
Trail Access Wye Island Road. Continue on Wye Island Road past the lodge entrance. Trailhead and parking are located on the left.
Distance 1.2 miles
Time 25 to 30 minutes
Trail Level terrain
Trail surface is dirt and grass. Trail tends to be muddy in spots in winter and early spring. Some low branches on trees.
Skill Level Novice
Suitable For Families? Yes
Hazards/Restrictions None (typical woods and terrain, use caution)
Foot traffic only. Bicycles and horses not permitted.
Potable Water Available at the Wye Island NRMA office. Hikers should always bring a supply of water.
Natural Features School House Woods is an old growth forest.
Variety of wildlife, including red fox, Delmarva fox squirrel, deer, songbirds, bald eagles, variety of owls and woodpeckers.
Historic/Cultural Features Historic Wye Island
Camping Camping is available at Tuckahoe State Park (410) 820-1668 or 1-888-432-2267.
Other Points of Interest Wye Island offers many multi-use trails that are available for all skill levels. Kayaking/canoeing is also available around the island with a guide or outfitter. For reservations and information on guided trips contact:
Amphibious Horizons, 1-888-I-LUV-SUN
Winchester Creek Outfitters, 410-827-7000
Pathfinder Group, 202-546-0269
Fees or Permits Camping fees only
Description This scenic hike on Wye Island allows visitors a taste of history as well as an excellent wildlife viewing. The old growth forest on Wye Island is one of the largest existing on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Small first aid kit
  • Water and a snack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Compass
  • Rainwear
  • Wear appropriate shoes. Sandals, bare feet or flimsy canvas shoes may not be suitable.
  • Practice "Leave No Trace" ethics
  • Please protect the environment and wildlife
  • Be a relaxed hiker