Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area


Trail on the Wye Island NRMATrails

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 290 years old. Follow the Holly Tree Trail to visit this long-time resident.

The topography of the island is relatively flat. From the novice to the advanced hiker, access to the trails is very easy from the main park road.

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 due to trail conditions. Please call ahead to confirm access. Equestrian Riders are prohibited on the Schoolhouse Woods Nature Trail due to the sensitive nature of the area.​

The Maryland Park Service does not rent horses, and only provides the trails as a means of recreation.

Three Century Holly at the Wye Island NRMAWye Island NRMA Trail Map

A map of the trails at Wye Island NRMA can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com.

Visitors are advised to plan ahead and bring insect repellent, sun screen and drinkable water. Visitors should watch for poison ivy and check for ticks and other insects while out enjoying the trails. ​