DIRECTIONS

Map of Sanctuary entrances.

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A. Directions to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and Wetlands Center

1361 Wrighton Road
Lothian, MD 20711
410-741-9330
 
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, D.C.
Take Pennsylvania Ave. east to Capital Beltway (Rt. 495). At the Beltway, Penn. Ave. becomes Rt. 4; follow Rt. 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 Rt. 4 north and exit at the "Bristol-Deale" exit (Rt. 258). At stop sign go left over Rt. 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.
  
 
Parking and trail maps are located at the Wrighton Road entrance of the Glendening Preserve;
open daily from 9am-5pm (closed Holidays; closed Sundays Dec - Feb). Reservations are not required.
To enter the Glendening Preserve via the Wrighton Road parking area, follow the directions above. The parking area is on the RIGHT, just before the Sanctuary driveway (which is on the left).
 
 
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. At the next stop sign, turn right onto Plummer Lane. Turn left up the short steep driveway, just before the service road and Route 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.
 
From Washington, D.C.
Take Pennsylvania Ave. east to Capital Beltway (Rt. 495). At the Beltway, Penn. Ave. becomes Rt. 4; follow Rt. 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. Turn right into the short steep driveway, just after the service road.
 
From Calvert County
Take Rt. 4 north and exit at the "Bristol-Deale" exit (Rt. 258). At stop sign go left over Rt. 4, and continue to stop sign at Wrighton Road (near "Park and Ride"). At the stop sign, turn onto Wrighton Road. At the next stop sign, turn right onto Plummer Lane. Turn left into the steep driveway, just before the service road and Route 4.
  
 
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 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 (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.
 
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. The park offers a canoe/kayak put-in and fishing pier. Visitors can park at the end of the road or along it. 
 
 

 
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. This former sand and gravel mine has reconstructed wetlands and an observation deck along a loop trail.
 
New launch site for Paddlers! Drive to within 50 yards of the new floating canoe dock and launch your boat.  Please call our office (410 741-9330 for access information. After off-loading water craft, paddlers can drive their cars back to the parking lot next to Sands Road.
 
PLEASE NOTE: there are no facilities.
 
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.