A Puzzling Hike Through An Old Growth Forest
Introduction To Quest
Your Park Quest Adventure at Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) will have your team exploring an old growth forest, a quiet cove on the Wye River and admiring a beautiful 275-year-old American Holly.
The Park Quest Adventure at Wye Island begins at the entrance to the School House Woods Nature Trail parking area. The Quest team journeys along the School House Woods Nature Trail looking for clues to solve the questions on a crossword puzzle. This exploration through this old growth forest stand will allow the teams to explore and learn about the history of Wye Island, old growth forests and the animals that may be found in and around an old growth forest. The team will also visit the Wye Island American Holly to find the final clues to finish. To verify that a team has completed the Quest, they will finish the puzzle and write the final question’s answer on their passport along with a rubbing of the medallion located near the Holly Tree. The quest may be completed seven days a week from 8 a.m. to sunset. The loop trail for School House Woods and the trail to the American Holly is approximately 1½ miles and should take approximately two hours.
The staff also recommends that Park Quest Teams take the time to visit the Ferry Point Landing trail to explore another section of Wye Island while also walking through a unique field edge stand of Osage Orange trees and variety of wild flowers.
You may print your questions out before you arrive at Wye Island, or you may pick up the crossword puzzle in a box by the entrance to School House Woods. Print your Wye Island Quest Crossword Puzzle here.
There is no cost for visiting the park. Pets are permitted as long as they are on a leash.
The Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area was established in 1976 to protect the island from development and to preserve the unique agricultural and natural heritage of the Wye Island area. Wye Island consists of over 2,450 acres and is home to a variety of wildlife species including the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel. There are over 12 miles of trails open to the public for hiking, biking and equestrian riding. Picnicking is available at the Grapevine Cove picnic area. Paddling is also an excellent way to explore and enjoy Wye Island. Wildlife is plentiful and visitors often see bald eagles, herons, deer, waterfowl and a variety of song birds.
Wye Island NRMA
632 Wye Island Road
Queenstown, MD 21658
For any questions, call the park office at (410) 820-1668, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- From the Bay Bridge/Western Shore:
Travel 12.5 miles eastbound on Route 50. Turn right onto Carmichael Road. Travel 5 miles on Carmichael Road and cross the Wye Island Bridge. Once on Wye Island, stay on Wye Island Road for approximately 2 miles until you reach the School House Woods Nature Trail Parking area on your right. Begin your quest in this parking lot.
- From the lower Eastern Shore:
Travel West on Route 50 through the town of Easton. Continue on Route 50 until you reach Carmichael Road on your left. Turn left onto Carmichael Road. Travel 5 miles on Carmichael Road and cross the Wye Island Bridge. Once on Wye Island, stay on Wye Island Road for approximately 2 miles until you reach the School House Woods Nature Trail Parking area on your right. Begin your quest in this parking lot.