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Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

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Address: 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711-9740
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+1 410-741-9330
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, operated by Anne Arundel County Department of...

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, and fields along the Patuxent River. Located in southern Anne Arundel County, 20 miles east of Washington, DC, and 18 miles south of Annapolis, the Sanctuary is a designated site on the Patuxent Water Trail. The Sanctuary is located in the tidal reaches of the Patuxent River, and its network of habitats, including its extensive tidal freshwater wetlands, provides a safe environment to a high diversity of plants, invertebrates, birds, fish, reptiles, and mammal species. The National Audubon Society has designated the Sanctuary as a Nationally Important Bird Area.

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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 Sanctuary. I also love to take photos here and participate in their unique... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 15, 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 my son began to appreciate even when he was only months old. I think we... More 

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Lothian, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

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

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Jessup, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 touch table. Nothing to write home about. But on the porch of the visitors center... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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/ Rt 4 intersection in Upper Marlboro.

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Churchton, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 is wonderful and if you walk quietly or just stand still you see all sorts... More 

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Edgewater, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 place to fitness walk.

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

Greenbelt, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 parks. However, we were informed of locations just outside the park available until dusk for... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 are wonderful as well and they offer great workshops for photographers. They have a sunrise/sunset... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

The trek to the new boardwalk, I was told, is almost a mile to and from, but it felt longer. The stairs leading down to it are very steep. But, it was well worth the trek! Just wanted to mention this for someone who may have a difficult time climbing stairs or taking long walks. The new 450-foot boardwalk is... More 

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