Governor Bridge Natural Area

Governor Bridge Natural Area is a former sand and gravel quarry.  As such, it is “pock-marked” with numerous small ponds embedded in woodlands; there are also gravelly semi-barren areas. A natural depression has been converted into a substantial (8-acre) pond, and another is an emergent-vegetated wetland. Trails criss-cross the park; one winds along the Patuxent River, another leads to a scrubby upland . 


Offers good birding year round, especially in spring migration.  The area around the pond is especially good for warblers. Olive-sided Flycatcher is almost regular. In fall, sparrows may be found in the overgrown gravel piles – though these are periodically leveled by management. In winter the river trail is good for wintering passerines, and the pond may host various ducks and grebes. Nesting area for Hooded Merganser, Am Woodcock, Bald Eagle, Prothonotary Warbler, Blue Grosbeak. 

Best Seasons: 
All year
Open sunrise to sunset, all year
301-627-6074 (Jug Bay Park)
Google Map: 
Governor Bridge Natural Area
Site Address: 
7600 block of Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, MD 20716 (not a mailing address)
From Route 301 in Bowie, turn ontoGovernor Bridge Road. Go 1.5 miles to park entrance on the right.
Special Features: 
The property provides access to the river for canoes and kayaks.
Prince George's County