Selected State Forests And
Parks, Public Lands Reopen
ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 23,
2003) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the
following openings of state forests, parks, natural resources management
areas, natural environment areas and wildlife management areas.
Due to the volume of site-specific damage, new campground
reservations will not be accepted for Sept. 23 through Sept. 30, but
instead campsites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
at the park. The SFPS will honor reservations that were made prior to
Sept. 17, and that have not already been cancelled. The Reservation
Service continues to accept reservations for the period May 1, 2004
through September 30, 2004. The phone number for the Reservation Service
While many forest and park trails are open for recreational use,
visitors are cautioned that the tropical storm winds and saturated soils
may have left behind hazardous trail conditions. Visitors should be
extra observant of overhead hanging limbs, unstable tree crowns and
trees leaning over paved and natural surface trails that could fall and
cause severe injury. In addition, trails may be partially blocked by
fallen trees and limbs until clean up and repair efforts are completed.
All visitors are also reminded to practice Leave No Trace ethics and
avoid walking or riding on trails if they are wet and muddy. Recent
excessive rainfall has saturated soils, making them highly vulnerable to
erosion and damage from recreational use.
All Wildlife Management Areas have reopened, with the exception of
Deale Island and Fairmount, and all Wildlife & Heritage Service (a
division of DNR) managed islands on the Potomac River.
**A full list of State Forests & Parks that are open follows. If a
facility is not listed, it has not yet reopened.