Maryland State Park Policies - Statewide

Alcohol Policy and Frequently Asked Questions

To maintain and ensure a safe, family-oriented outdoor recreation experience for all park guests, the Maryland Park Service regulates the consumption of alcohol in State Parks. This policy has been adopted in the interest of all park patrons to maintain the family atmosphere of State Parks while still allowing for the appropriate consumption of alcoholic beverages under a special permit process.​ Click here for the complete policy.​

Firewood PolicyCampfire at a state park

Due to the potential threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), and other invasive beetles, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has prohibited the importation of personal firewood into all DNR owned and managed properties. Please do not bring firewood with you when visiting a DNR Property/Park. Click here for the complete policy.

Park visitor using metal detectorMetal Detecting Policy

Relic Collecting, Treasure Hunting, and Use of Metal Detectors

It is the policy of the Maryland Park Service to safeguard the archaeological resources under its care. Digging in search of buried relics or treasures, the removal of any prehistoric or historic artifacts, and the use of metal detectors (with some exceptions) within the boundaries of lands, beaches, or under waters controlled by the Maryland Park Service is strictly prohibited without a permit from the Office of Archaeology, Maryland Historical Trust, Department of Planning. Click here for the complete policy.

Pets in Park

Maryland State Parks welcome you and your pet to enjoy the great outdoors together! We ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, and to protect park resources, wildlife and other visitors. In order to help keep our parks available to pets, responsible pet ownership is essential.​ Click here for the complete policy.​

Electric Bicycles (ebikes)

Electric bicycles (ebikes) are not permitted on State Park trails. This includes all trails regardless of surface - natural surface, paved, and gravel.

An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike, powerbike or booster bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion.

Hunting Policies​

Visitors should contact the appropriate managing authority for information on public hunting opportunities on state-owned public hunting lands. Click here for the complete policy.​