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Visit the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Walk the boardwalks along the marsh, watch the osprey dive for fish, enjoy the forest canopy. This quiet place in southern Anne Arundel County is just 40 miles south of Baltimore City, 22 miles east of Washington, DC, and 22 miles south of Annapolis.

Admission

Visitor Center and Main Office

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

Hours

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

9:00am - 5:00pm

Admission Fee

$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).

Field Trips and Private Group Programs

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is a natural and cultural treasure in Anne Arundel county creating unforgettable experiences for both students and citizens. 

To request a field trip to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, please fill out this form.

To request a private group program (land or river) at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary or another one of our locations, please fill out this form.

Host Your Next Event at Jug Bay!

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is an inspiring setting for nature-based programming. Home to 1,700 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows, and 15 miles of trails, our facility and grounds are ideal for nurturing connections with the natural world. There are several rental options available both at the Sanctuary Proper and the Glendening Nature Preserve.

McCann Wetlands Center Conference Room

Located at the Sanctuary Proper, this large, open, multi-purpose room - rented for professional activities only - is ideal for lectures, hands-on workshops, and professional retreats. The conference room is 37' x 18'.

Visitor Capacity: 40 people seated with tables; 50 people seated in chairs alone.

Parking Capacity: Twenty vehicles in the main lot with additional parking space available in an overflow field.

Audio/Visual: Use of a computer, projector, and screen is included in the room rental rate. Speakers are not included. Wi-Fi is available. Users are welcome to bring their own hot spots if Internet access is required, but signal strength may be weak.

Restrooms: Separate men's and women's bathrooms with flushing toilets are available. Please note that bathrooms are shared with public visitors on days the Sanctuary is open to the public (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday*).

Food: Users can serve food and would have access to the kitchen containing a refrigerator, microwave, stove, and counter space.

Fees: $55 half day (up to four hours), $110 full day (between four and eight hours).

*Sanctuary Proper is closed on Sundays from December through February.

Paw Paw Pavilion

Located at the Sanctuary Proper, this large, outdoor, covered structure has several uses with the following prioritization: (1) education programs; (2) public and community events; (3) private family activities. If private family use is of interest, please contact the Sanctuary via the information below to learn about additional guidelines for this type of use. The Pawpaw Pavilion is available for rentals on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays*.

Capacity: 30 people seated at picnic tables.

Parking Capacity: Twenty vehicles in the main lot with additional parking space available in an overflow field.

Audio/Visual: No audio/visual amenities are included in this rental.

Restrooms: Restrooms are available a short walk away in the McCann Wetlands Center. Separate men's and women's bathrooms with flushing toilets are available. Please note that bathrooms are shared with public visitors on days the Sanctuary is open to the public (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday*).

Food: Users can serve food. No kitchen space is available in this rental, and no cooking is permitted.

Fees: $30 half day (up to four hours), $60 full day (between four and eight hours).

*Sanctuary Proper is closed on Sundays from December through February.

Plummer House - Lower Level

Located at the Glendening Nature Preserve and accessible from the entrance on Plummer Lane, this stand-alone house is ideal for smaller meetings and working sessions, or makes an ideal headquarters location for programs that lead participants on outdoor experiences. Rented for professional activities only.

Capacity: 15 people.

Parking Capacity: Limited to ten vehicles.

Audio/Visual: Wi-Fi is available at this location along with a projector screen. A computer, projector, and speakers are not included.

Restrooms: Two unisex bathrooms with flushing toilets are available. Bathrooms are shared with public visitors Monday through Saturday.

Food: Users can serve food and would have access to the use of the kitchen containing a refrigerator, microwave, and counter space.

Fee: $30 half day (up to four hours), $60 full day (between four and eight hours).

To inquire about our rental locations or to make a reservation, please call Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary at 410-222-8006 or email programs@jugbay.org.

Directions

To Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and Wetlands Center

1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
410-222-8006

From Annapolis

From West St. at Parole, take Route 2 south 18 miles. At the Lothian "circle" go 3/4 of the way around and stay on Route 2. Go past the fire station, schools and St. James Church (on left) until the next stoplight at Route 258; go right (west) on Rt. 258. Continue on Route 258 for 4.5 miles until this ends near the "Park and Ride" just after crossing over Route 4. At the stop sign, turn onto Wrighton Rd. and continue for 1.5 miles to Sanctuary entrance on LEFT. Follow the gravel drive about 1 mile to the parking area for the Wetlands Center.

From Baltimore at the Baltimore Beltway (Route 695)

From Route 695, take I-97 south. I-97 ends at Route 50. Take Route 50 West/301 South. 301 South will split from Route 50. Continue on Rt. 301 south to Route 4 at Upper Marlboro. Go east/south on Rt. 4 for 3 miles (1.5 miles after crossing over the Patuxent River) to the "Plummer Lane" exit on right. Follow Plummer Lane for 1/2 mile to Wrighton Road. Go right on Wrighton Rd. and continue for 1/2 mile to Sanctuary entrance on LEFT. Follow the gravel drive about 1 mile to the parking area for the Wetlands Center.

From Washington, DC

Take Pennsylvania Ave. east to Capital Beltway (Route 495). At the Beltway, Pennsylvania Ave. becomes Route 4; follow Route 4 east/south for about 10.5 miles to the "Plummer Lane" exit. (Plummer Lane is 3 miles east of Rt. 301 and 1.5 miles east of the Patuxent River). Exit right at Plummer Lane and go 1/2 mile to Wrighton Road. Go right on Wrighton Rd. and continue for 1/2 mile to Sanctuary entrance on LEFT. Follow the gravel drive about 1 mile to the parking area for the Wetlands Center.

From Calvert County

Take Route 4 north and exit at the "Bristol-Deale" exit (Route 258). At stop sign go left over Route 4, and continue to stop sign at Wrighton Road (near "Park and Ride"). At the stop sign, turn onto Wrighton Road and continue for 1.5 miles to Sanctuary entrance on LEFT. Follow the gravel drive about 1 mile to the parking area for the Wetlands Center.

To Parris Glendening Nature Preserve at Jug Bay

5702 Plummer Lane, Lothian, MD 20711

From Annapolis

From West St. at Parole, take Route 2 south 18 miles. At the Lothian "circle" go 3/4 of the way around and stay on Route 2. Go past the fire station, schools and St. James Church (on left) until the next stoplight at Route 258; go right (west) on Rt. 258. Continue on Route 258 for 4.5 miles until this ends near the "Park and Ride" just after crossing over Route 4. At the stop sign, turn onto Wrighton Rd. and continue for 1 mile to a stop sign. Turn right onto Plummer Lane for ¾ of a mile to the entrance to the Glendening Nature Preserve on the left just before the intersection with Rte 4.

From Baltimore at the Baltimore Beltway (Route 695)

From Route 695, take I-97 south. I-97 ends at Route 50. Take Route 50 West/301 South. 301 South will split from Route 50. Continue on Rt. 301 south to Route 4 at Upper Marlboro. Go east/south on Rt. 4 for 3 miles (1.5 miles after crossing over the Patuxent River) to the "Plummer Lane" exit on right. Look for a sign almost immediately on your right for the Glendending Nature Preserve entrance.

From Washington, DC

Take Pennsylvania Ave. east to Capital Beltway (Route 495). At the Beltway, Pennsylvania Ave. becomes Route 4; follow Route 4 east/south for about 10.5 miles to the "Plummer Lane" exit. (Plummer Lane is 3 miles east of Rt. 301 and 1.5 miles east of the Patuxent River). Exit right at Plummer Lane. Look for a sign almost immediately on your right for the Glendending Nature Preserve entrance.

From Calvert County

Take Route 4 north and exit at the "Bristol-Deale" exit (Route 258). At stop sign go left over Route 4, and continue to stop sign at Wrighton Road (near "Park and Ride"). At the stop sign, turn onto Wrighton Road and continue for 1 mile to a stop sign. Turn right onto Plummer Lane for ¾ of a mile to the entrance to the Glendening Nature Preserve on the left just before the intersection with Rte 4.

To enter the Glendening Preserve via the Wrighton Road parking area, follow the directions above to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. The parking area is on the RIGHT, just before the Sanctuary driveway (which is on the left).

To the River Farm at Jug Bay

Access to the River Farm area of the Sanctuary by car is limited to special events. Hikers can explore this area on foot, but they must sign in at Wetlands Center first. Please contact the office for access information.

To reach the locked gate at River Farm on Pindell Rd., first you'll need to get almost to the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary following the above directions.

If coming from Washington or Baltimore, after you turn onto Plummer Lane, continue straight (past Wrighton Road) where Plummer Lane changes its name and becomes Pindell Road. (From Annapolis or Calvert County, when you get to the stop sign at Plummer/Pindell turn left onto Pindell Road instead of going straight to the main entrance).

Travel for about 1.3 miles on winding Pindell Road. The road eventually makes a sharp left-hand turn (large yellow sign with left-pointing arrow). Immediately after the turn you will see a row of several newspaper/mailboxes on the right.

Turn RIGHT, making a 180-degree hairpin turn onto the Farm Entrance Road. A large brown sign indicates the entrance to River Farm. (Do not turn into white gate at the Jug Bay Preserve.) Proceed through the green gate. Always leave the gate as you find it (e.g., open, closed, locked or unlocked).

Continue on the Farm Entrance Rd. You will pass trail heads for the Beech Trail, Pindell Bluff Trail, Upper Railroad Bed Trail and Farm Trail. When the road turns to dirt, you will leave the woods and enter an open field. You may park near the large barn or continue to the end of the road. The Sweet Flag Picnic area is at the water's edge (below the small caretaker's house), and the Pindell Bluff Trail begins near the old tobacco barn.

To Patuxent Wetland Park

1426 Mt. Zion Marlboro Rd, Lothian, MD 20711

Patuxent Wetland Park is located at the edge of the Patuxent, off Marlboro Road (Route 408), three miles up river from the Sanctuary.

From Annapolis

From West St. at Parole, take Route 2 south 4 miles until the intersection with Central Ave (MD-214). Turn right and continue 5 miles. Then turn left on Patuxent River Road for a little over 2 miles. Finally turn right on Sands Rd and continue for almost 4 miles to Waysons Corner. A sign for Patuxent Wetlands Park will appear on your right just after the gas station and before the Rte 4 overpass. 

From Baltimore at the Baltimore Beltway (Route 695)

From Route 695, take I-97 south. I-97 ends at Route 50. Take Route 50 West/301 South. 301 South will split from Route 50. Continue on Rt. 301 south until a right onto Queen Anne's Bridge Road. Continue for just over 2 miles until making a left onto Central Ave (MD-214). Follow Central Ave for 1 mile and make a right on Patuxent River Road. After two miles, turn right on Sands Rd and continue for almost 4 miles to Waysons Corner. A sign for Patuxent Wetlands Park will appear on your right just after the gas station and before the Rte 4 overpass.

From Washington, DC

Take Pennsylvania Ave. east to Capital Beltway (Route 495). At the Beltway, Pennsylvania Ave. becomes Route 4; follow Route 4 east/south for about 8 miles to the MD-408 exit on right. At the stop sign, make a left and cross the Rte 4 overpass. The entrance to Patuxent Wetlands Park is the first left after the bridge, before the gas station.

From Calvert County

Take Route 4 north and exit at 408 E towards Waysons Corner. Turn left onto Southern Maryland Blvd and continue for about 0.2 miles until the intersection with MD-408. Make a left  Continue onto Southern Maryland Blvd for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Sands Rd and drive just over 4 miles. Wootons Landing Wetlands Park will appear on your left. A sign for Patuxent Wetlands Park will appear on your right just after the gas station and before the Rte 4 overpass.

To Wootons Landing Wetland Park

4550 Sands Road, Harwood, MD 20776

Wootons Landing is a 140-acre park along the edge of the Patuxent, off Sands Road, seven miles upstream from the Sanctuary.

From Annapolis

From West St. at Parole, take Route 2 south 4 miles until the intersection with Central Ave (MD-214). Turn right and continue 5 miles. Then turn left on Patuxent River Road for a little over 2 miles. Finally turn right on Sands Rd and continue for almost 3 miles. Wootons Landing Wetlands Park will appear on your right. 

From Baltimore at the Baltimore Beltway (Route 695)

From Route 695, take I-97 south. I-97 ends at Route 50. Take Route 50 West/301 South. 301 South will split from Route 50. Continue on Rt. 301 south until a right onto Queen Anne's Bridge Road. Continue for just over 2 miles until making a left onto Central Ave (MD-214). Follow Central Ave for 1 mile and make a right on Patuxent River Road. After two miles, turn right on Sands Rd and continue for almost 3 miles. Wootons Landing Wetlands Park will appear on your right. 

From Washington, DC

Take Pennsylvania Ave. east to Capital Beltway (Route 495). At the Beltway, Pennsylvania Ave. becomes Route 4; follow Route 4 east/south for about 8 miles to the MD-408 exit on right. At the stop sign, make a left and drive one mile to the intersection with Sands Rd. Make a left onto Sands Rd and drive just over 3 miles. Wootons Landing Wetlands Park will appear on your left. 

From Calvert County

Take Route 4 north and exit at the "Southern Maryland Blvd" exit. Continue onto Southern Maryland Blvd for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Sands Rd and drive just over 4 miles. Wootons Landing Wetlands Park will appear on your left. 

PLEASE NOTE: There are no restroom facilities at Wootons Landing.

Drive to within 50 yards of the floating canoe dock and launch your boat. Please call our office (410 741-9330 for access information). After off-loading your boat, please drive your car back to the parking lot next to Sands Road to ensure that the space near the launch is accessible for other paddlers.
PLEASE NOTE: There are no restroom facilities at Wootons Landing.

Sands Road runs north/south along the river between Routes 408 (Mt. Zion Marlboro Road) and Harwood Road. Parking is on the west side of the road, across from the Maryland Manor mobile home community.

To the Nature Preserve at Waysons Corner

From Annapolis

From West St. at Parole, take Route 2 south 12 miles until the intersection with Sands Rd about a mile up from Waysons Corner. Make a left on Sands Rd. A parking lot entrance will appear on your right about one half mile down the road.

From Baltimore at the Baltimore Beltway (Route 695)

From Route 695, take I-97 south. I-97 ends at Route 50. Take Route 50 West/301 South. 301 South will split from Route 50. Continue on Rt. 301 south to Route 4 at Upper Marlboro. Go east/south on Rt. 4 for 2 miles (0.5 miles after crossing over the Patuxent River) to the MD-408 exit on right. At the stop sign, make a left and drive one mile to the intersection with Sands Rd. Make a right on Sands Rd. A parking lot entrance will appear on your right about one half mile down the road.

From Washington, DC

Take Pennsylvania Ave. east to Capital Beltway (Route 495). At the Beltway, Pennsylvania Ave. becomes Route 4; follow Route 4 east/south for about 8 miles to the MD-408 exit on right. At the stop sign, make a left and drive one mile to the intersection with Sands Rd. Make a right on Sands Rd. A parking lot entrance will appear on your right about one half mile down the road.

From Calvert County

Take Route 4 north and exit at the "Southern Maryland Blvd" exit. Continue onto Southern Maryland Blvd for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Sands Rd. A parking lot entrance will appear on your left less than one half mile down the road.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no restroom facilities at the Nature Preserve at Waysons Corner.