Come join us for a stroll through the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Jug Bay, a 2,000-acre Anne Arundel County park and nature preserve on the banks of the Patuxent River, has been called a natural gem: a small, compact tidal freshwater marsh teeming with wildlife and natural significance.
This will be an easy hike of six miles along boardwalks, dirt paths and paved roads. We will start by hiking along the Marsh Boardwalk on our way to the River Pier through large stands of wild rice, cattail and other aquatic plants. Look for an assortment of invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and small mammals scampering along the river.
We’ll break for lunch at the Sweet Flag Picnic Area. If it’s a quiet day, we may see some of the more than 250 bird species that have been spotted in the area. We’ll finish the day with a looping walk inland through hardwood forests, agricultural fields, streams and vernal pools, stopping briefly at the Pindell Bluffs to catch the afternoon sun.
We will meet at the Kiss & Ride lot of the Branch Avenue Metro at 9:30 A.M. If you will be using Adventuring's carpools, please bring $2 or $3 to offset your driver's gas expenses for the 30-mile round trip. If you can be a driver, please let the trip leader know as soon as possible.
Bring beverages, lunch, mud-worthy boots and $7 to cover fees ($5 for admission to the Sanctuary and $2 for the Adventuring trip fee). Adventurers meeting us at the trail head (Wetlands Center, 1361 Wrighton Road) should arrive no later than 10:00 AM. For further information, contact Eric, [masked]-7328.