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Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great place to visit!

I have been here many times--hiking on my own, with friends or family, or hikes organized by the... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great wetlands!

Beautiful wetlands. Area determined to focus on conservation of local plant life and wildlife... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2016
Lothian, Maryland
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May 22, 2017
“Great wetlands ecology, well-marked trails if that is your thing”
Dec 15, 2016
“Great place to visit!”
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, operated by Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, consists of 1,700 acres of open water, tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, upland and riparian forest, creeks, meadows, pine and sand barrens...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1361 Wrighton Rd, Lothian, MD 20711-9740
+1 410-741-9330
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Reviewed May 22, 2017

Very nice well-marked and maintained not too challenging trails of various lengths through research area for wetlands ecology on the east side of the Patuxent River's Jug Bay. Small rustic visitor's center with good information and nice rest rooms. Simple but interesting interactive exhibits. Viewing...More

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed December 15, 2016

I have been here many times--hiking on my own, with friends or family, or hikes organized by the Sanctuary. I also love to take photos here and participate in their unique educational programs. It is an amazing resource. The welcome center has some exhibits that...More

Thank time2getaway
Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful wetlands. Area determined to focus on conservation of local plant life and wildlife. Educational programs offered.

Thank leahmsanchez
Reviewed August 5, 2016

I took my three year old sons to Jug Bay, looking for a place where my littles could explore outside. I was so happy with my choice!! We started off in the visitors center where we found clean bathrooms, some animals to see and a...More

Thank crayolabird
Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous park, somewhat off the beaten path, along the Patient River. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and boating are all attractions of this gem. And don't miss the Americana exhibit, a short walk from the park office. Just 10 minutes southeast from the 301/...More

Thank Kraig M
Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

I love this woodsy place! It has abundant trails and wildlife. We spotted Ospreys, a wood duck, a heron, frogs, dragon flies and fish in the marsh and Indian Pipe fungi, delicate wildflowers and five-line skinks along a trail. The boardwalk down by the marsh...More

Thank shaluhe
Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

I was so impressed with my initial visit that I changed my 1 day pass into an annual membership, because I know I'll return often to observe and photograph the abundant birds in the preserve. Highly recommended for birders, photographers, or even as a great...More

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lmv130, Naturalist at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2016

We're thrilled that you had such a wonderful experience here at Jug Bay! Please come back again soon!

Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

We took the boardwalk through the wetlands, it was beautiful and felt like we were really in the middle of nature. We then continued on the trail that offered a few overlooks. My only disappointment is that they close at 5 instead dusk like most...More

Thank Artsygirl9
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Jug Bay is a great place to get close to nature. The boardwalk makes it easy to get around and you can spend time in several different habitats. There are always birds to see and it's easy to take some nice pictures. The staff there...More

3  Thank Sabrina R
Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is a beautiful and serene nature preserve that is a birder's paradise. But not just for them - go for a lovely nature walk and enjoy the peace, quiet and calming waters.

4  Thank AnnapolisAuthor
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