|Location||Ferry Point Trail, Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area, 410-827-7577|
|Trail Access||Wye Island Road. Continue on Wye Island Road until the end. Parking location in gravel lot at the end of the trail.|
|Time||25 to 30 minutes|
Trail surface is dirt and grass. Trail tends to be muddy in spots in winter and early spring. Some low branches on trees.
|Suitable For Families?||Yes|
|Hazards/Restrictions||None (typical woods and terrain, use caution)|
|Potable Water||Available at Wye Island NRMA office. Hikers should always bring a supply of water.|
|Natural Features||Historic Ferry Point
Trail lined with Osage Orange Trees.
Variety of wildlife, including red fox, Delmarva fox squirrel, deer, songbirds and bald eagles.
|Historic/Cultural Features||Historic Ferry Point
Once the only access to Wye Island, Ferry Point Trail was a road. The trail is lined with Osage Orange trees, planted as natural fences by farmers. Named for the Osage Indians, the trees came from Texas or Arkansas.
|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 fee only for youth groups or Nature Tourism groups with a reservation.|
|Description||This scenic hike on Wye Island allows visitors a taste of history as well as an excellent wildlife viewing. Ferry Point was once the only access to Wye Island across the Wye River from Queen Anne's County. The trail ends at a sandy beach where the ferry once landed. A picnic area is at the end of the trail for those packing a lunch.|
Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
- Wye Island, Boyd Gibbons
- Wye Island NRMA homepage
- Small first aid kit
- Water and a snack
- Insect repellent
- 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