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Great outdoors: Wye Island

A 2,800-acre island sitting among the tidal recesses of the Chesapeake Bay, the state-controlled Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area affords visitors a tidewater experience in all its natural, undeveloped glory. Wildlife is abundant, especially deer and birds; the island's six miles of trails offer plenty of viewing opportunities. Fishing spots abound in the numerous coves that dot the shoreline. There's also a three-century-old holly tree that's still welcoming visitors. Several campsites and a former hunting lodge known as the Duck House can accommodate overnight stays. --Chris Kaltenbach 632 Wye Island Road, Queen Anne's County Monica Lopossay, Baltimore Sun