Find your way to Jug Bay

Paddle over 2,000 acres of tidal freshwater marsh

Wander 19 miles of trails

Look for 300+ bird species

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Program

Please Read These Important COVID Announcements & Reminders:

The Visitor Center and restrooms remain closed. There is a port-a-john in the parking lot.

Please drive slowly and with care on all back roads leading to our parks.

As we remain open, please follow federal guidelines and state directives pertaining to COVID-19 to keep yourself safe while visiting our Park:

  • Do NOT visit the park if you are or think you might be exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19. If you were recently sick, please follow CDC guidelines on when to stop home isolation.
  • Limit your group to 10 people or fewer, and stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid the more popular trails and give other hikers plenty of space.
  • Allow adequate personal spacing at our overlooks and boardwalks.
  • Avoid congregating in the parking lot.
  • Please bring a mask to use if you cannot maintain social distancing.

Park staff are available by email at to answer your questions or concerns.

Visit Us

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Sanctuary Proper: Visitor Center, Main Office, Trails

Address: 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
Phone: 410-222-8006

*No pets please


OPEN: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Closed Sundays Dec-Feb)

9:00am - 5:00pm

CLOSED: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday


$6 per vehicle

Free for Friends of Jug Bay Members (become a Friend today)

Free entrance for active military, veterans, and their families (ID required)

AACO Lifetime Senior Citizen permit accepted, but not sold here.

Plummer Road Entrance
5702 Plummer Lane, Lothian, MD 20711

9:00am - 5:00pm

Wrighton Road Entrance
1290 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711

9:00am - 5:00pm

Trail Map

*Leashed dogs allowed. Please pick up after your pet.

Sands Road Entrance
5490 Sands Road, Lothian, MD 20711

Daily, Dawn - Dusk

Southern Maryland Blvd Entrance
5481 Southern Maryland Blvd, Lothian, MD 20711

Daily, Dawn - Dusk

1426 Mt. Zion Marlboro Road, Lothian, MD 20711

Daily, Dawn - Dusk

4550 Sands Road, Lothian, MD 20776

Daily, Dawn - Dusk

Call 410-222-8006 for entry code.


Magnificent Marsh Mammals 

Feb 20, 2021 4:00PM—Feb 20, 2021 6:00PM

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary  1361 Wrighton Rd Lothian, MD 20711

Field Work Fridays

May 07, 2021 9:00AM—12:00PM

Various Jug Bay Locations Lothian, MD 20711


Become a part of our highly dedicated group of volunteers who support the Sanctuary through education, citizen science, and stewardship.

Support the Friends of Jug Bay

Want to help preserve the beautiful habitats and wildlife of Jug Bay? Support the Sanctuary by becoming a member of the Friends of Jug Bay and help us in our mission to protect these unique ecosystems.

Learn more about all of the benefits our members receive.