Jul 01 2021

About: In 1980 Anne Arundel County purchased 161 acres of uplands and wetlands in Jug Bay; five years later, it bought 10.4 more acres and established the land as a sanctuary. Today the Sanctuary Proper is 452 acres (including River Farm) with 11 miles of trails and a scrub-shrub and marsh boardwalks, which can take you through a natural experience of its forests, wetlands, creeks, meadows, and its wildlife. Sanctuary visitors can also enjoy our nature play space, observation deck, and swamp blind.   The Sanctuary Proper is home to the McCann...

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Jun 29 2021

About: The 900+ acre Bacon Ridge Natural Area is a true natural gem with expansive marshes, mature forests, and at the center, its namesake creek Bacon Ridge Branch. Positioned in Crownsville and in the headwaters of the South River, Bacon Ridge Natural Area is owned by Anne Arundel County and managed by the County’s Department of Recreation and Parks.   The Bacon Ridge Natural Area is both ecologically and historically significant. Local folklore claims that the creek that runs through the heart of the natural area is named Bacon Ridge Branch because there...

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