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Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Hike

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.



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  • Steve C.

    A really beautiful hike, through marshes, along the Patuxent River, and through woods, with lunch at a picnic area along Jug Bay. It was a great day, with early spring flowers and no bugs. Eric did a great job leading this outing.

    April 14, 2013

  • Trish

    The day/hike was great. I am looking forward to joining you for more fun in the future! Thanks Eric!

    April 14, 2013

  • John C.

    Good job, Eric, on your first hike as a Trip Leader with Adventuring! Jug's Bay was a perfect pick for an Adventuring hike--I hope you choose to lead it again. Spending a day hiking along the water is always wonderful, and seeing herons, terns, osprey, blue-wing martins, red wing blackbirds, black capped chickadees, frogs and beavers made it all that much more special. Again, great job!

    April 13, 2013

  • Brett F.

    Thanks Eric! John and I enjoyed Jug Bay (my first visit), the beautiful weather, and the great company - and you did a great job finding all the turns and points of interest. Great job.

    April 13, 2013

  • Debora

    It was great! The place was so beautiful. We saw lots of birds and turtles. We had lunch by the water. The weather was great: not too cold, not too hot. Thanks Eric for leading the hike.

    April 13, 2013

  • Eric

    The temperature will be about 60° and cloudy on the day of the hike so dress appropriately. If you will not be able to attend please unRSVP. I hope to see whoever is not going directly to Jug Bay at Branch Avenue metro station. I plan to arrive about 9:20am to meet people above where the bus shelters exist. If you are late getting to Branch Ave please do not hesitate to call me. See you then!

    April 12, 2013

  • Debora

    I'll meet you at the park. Can't wait!

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what time do you anticipate returning to the Park n Ride in the afternoon?

    April 9, 2013

    • Eric

      Around 1 pm

      April 11, 2013

  • Amy S.

    sad to have to change my yes to a no--it looked like a good first hike for me. but my grandmother died tonight and I'll be at her funeral instead. I hope that everyone has a great time.

    April 10, 2013

  • Trish

    I will meet you there!

    April 10, 2013

  • Amy S.

    Im new to this...how do i find the group at the park and ride?

    April 7, 2013

    • Eric

      The Park and Ride gatheriing will be on the west side. This is the side where the busses are.

      April 8, 2013

  • Eric

    The Park and Ride gatheriing will be on the west side. This is the side where the busses are.

    April 8, 2013

  • Robert H.

    I see dogs aren't allowed in the sanctuary proper, but are allowed in the Glendening Preserve. I'm assuming this hike isn't in the Preserve, but just want to double check (always looking for a good outing with my dog...

    April 7, 2013

    • Eric

      I would like to bring my dog also but those are the rules.

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be meeting you there--what time and place can I meet you, since I'll be coming from Baltimore?

    April 5, 2013

    • Eric

      10:00 is the time to meet the group at Jug Bay. Good for you to come so far!

      April 8, 2013

  • Jenny P.

    Can't wait!!

    April 5, 2013

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