Jug Bay (http://www.pgparks.com/page1086.aspx) is part of the Patuxent River, a Maryland scenic river and one of the most important freshwater tidal estuaries in the Chesapeake Bay region. The park offers more than eight miles of scenic woodland trails, of which we will do about five, accompanied by our Guest Expert. The hike will be followed by a picnic lunch; and, for those interested, a water tour (1-3 PM) by kayak (bring your own or rent there; if renting, reserve in advance at[masked]), conducted by the Hike Leader. On the way home you might take the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Tour, a four-mile roadway that connects the park with Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, or check out the American Indian Festival, which is taking place in the park on the same day (10 - 4).
Distance: 5 miles (flat, part boardwalk)
Dogs: Allowed, leashed
Guest Expert: Andy Brown, Naturalist, Calvert County Division of Natural Resources
Leader: Ken Meyercord [masked])
Directions: From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 11A, (Route 4) east for 8 miles. Take Route 301 south for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Croom Station Road and continue for 1.6 miles. Turn left on Croom Road (Route 382) and proceed for 1.5 miles. Turn left on Croom Airport Road and continue for 2 miles. At park entrance, turn left and proceed 1.7 miles to the Jackson's Landing parking area down the hill from the Visitor's Center.