The scenic Marshyhope Creek, which winds through the quaint turn- of-the-century town of Federalsburg, forms the western boundary of the 3,800-acre Idylwild WMA in southeastern Caroline County. The area is a mix of agricultural fields, upland forests and bottomland forests, with topography ranging from flat to somewhat sloped. Some areas are wet year round.
Mature hardwoods, loblolly pine and Virginia pine forests surround many of the trails and support a rich variety of wildlife species. The surprisingly large pileated woodpecker, with its red crest, hammers on rotted logs in search of insects. Bluebirds nest in tree cavities and fly among field grasses looking for insects. Catch a glimpse of the elusive gray fox, listen for the gobble of a wild turkey, or watch beavers at work along the Marshyhope.
Hunters will enjoy a day afield, pursuing white-tailed deer, turkey, dove, cottontail rabbits, woodcock, squirrels and waterfowl. Roads and trails will promise a day's adventure and exploration for hikers and all-terrain bicyclists. Good fishing can be found in ponds on the north end of Idylwild WMA.
From the Bay Bridge, take U.S. Route 50 east to Wye Mills. Take 404 to MD 313 and follow south to Federalsburg. Take MD 315 east into Federalsburg. Take Central Avenue east across Marshyhope Creek, which becomes Houston Branch Road (MD 306). Access is available via 10 parking areas surrounding the property. For additional information, contact the LeCompte Wildlife Office at (410) 376-3236.
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This area is a part of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources public land system and is managed by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. The primary mission of the WMA system is to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats as well as to provide public recreational use of the State’s wildlife resources.
Eighty-five percent of the funding for Maryland's state wildlife programs comes from hunting license fees and a federal excise tax on sport hunting devices and ammunition. The federal aid funds are derived from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (or Pittman-Robertson) Fund, which sportsmen and women have been contributing to since 1937. Each state receives a share of the funds, which is administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; these funds are used for wildlife conservation and hunter education programs, including the management of the WMA system.
Other sources of funds for land acquisition include Program Open Space Funding for Maryland's State and local parks and conservation areas, provided through The Department of Natural Resources' Program Open Space. Established in 1969, Program Open Space symbolizes Maryland's long-term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.
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