The Maryland Park Service provides outdoor recreational experiences for millions of visitors each year. Our State Parks feature recreational amenities, as well as campsites, full-service cabins, and picnic shelters where families can enjoy nature-based activities that are close enough to home for everyone to enjoy.
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.
The policy is stated as such:
Can I consume alcohol in my park cabin?
Will I be cited for having unopened containers of alcoholic beverages in my vehicle?
Why has the Maryland Park Service adopted its alcohol policy?
The Maryland Park Service has adopted its alcohol consumption policy to ensure a high quality, safe experience for all State Park visitors. It is intended to:
Who can request an alcohol permit and how can I obtain one?
How much does an alcohol permit cost?
Do other state and county park systems ban alcohol consumption?
Is there a fine if I am cited for violating the alcohol policy?
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