Jug Bay Natural Area

Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Jug Bay Natural Area

Jug Bay Natural Area Professional Guide

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"Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission of Prince Georges County owns 7000 acres of land on the Patuxent River to preserve it and its valuable wetland and upland forest ecosystems. Jug Bay offers an incredible opportunity to observe more than 250 bird species, such as osprey and red-winged blackbirds. Some birds stay here year-round, while others migrate.

Jug Bay has 8 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Furthermore, it hosts two canoe and kayak launch points for the 80-mile-long The overlooks on Jug Bay are great for picture posing and bird-watching. Patuxent Water Trail. Visitors may rent kayaks and canoes from the visitor center."

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"At a wide spot on the Patuxent River, this 2,OOO-acre preserve is crisscrossed by 8 miles of trails. Our 4.5-mile loop, while not accessing every trail, manages to keep you in the woods the entire time while offering the best river views." Read more

Jug Bay Natural Area Reviews

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This was a pleasant and easy walk. A deer greeted me not even ten steps into the trail, and the song birds escorted me through the Nature Trail section on the board walk at the beginning of the hike. I recommend carrying the park map along with this Trail Guide since the multiple brown Nature Trail sign going seemingly in every direction at the beginning can be confusing unless you have an overview of the whole park to accompany the Trail Guide/map. Park maps are available for free inside the Visitor's Center or in a bin outside the front door if the Center is closed.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
75 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Patuxent River Park
Local Contacts
Available at the park visitor center
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018