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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 is 1-888-432-2267.

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.

Central Region

bulletElk Neck State Forest Day Use
bulletElk Neck State Park Day Use
bulletFair Hill NRMA
bulletGunpowder Falls State Park Day Use Central Area, Northern Central Rail Trail & Hammerman Areas {Dundee Marina remains closed}. Hunting areas will open tomorrow.
bulletMorgan Run NEA
bulletPatapsco Valley State Park - selected day use areas only at Hilton, Hollofield, Pickall & McKeldin and Hollofield Campground,
bulletRocks State Park Day Use
bulletSeneca Creek State Park {undeveloped area only}
bulletSoldiers Delight NEA Day Use
bulletSusquehanna State Park - {day use only and no boat launching}

Eastern Region

bulletAssateague State Park - Day Use, Campground
bulletChoptank River Pier - Day Use
bulletJanes Island State Park Day Use, Campground, Cabins
bulletMartinak State Park - Day Use, Campground, Cabins
bulletPocomoke State Forest
bulletPocomoke River State Park Day Use, Campground, Cabins
bulletSomers Cove Marina
bulletTuckahoe State Park Day Use, Campground, Cabins
bulletWye Island NRMA Day Use, Lodge
bulletWye Oak State Park Day Use

Southern Region

bulletGreenwell State Park Day Use
bulletCedarville State Forest Day Use
bulletMerkle Wildlife Sanctuary Day Use
bulletRosaryville State Park Day Use

Western Region

bulletCunningham Falls State Park - Manor Area Day Use & Manor Area Campground {Houck Area remains closed}
bulletDans Mountain State Park - Day Use
bulletDeep Creek Lake State Park - Day Use, Campground
bulletFort Frederick State Park - Day Use, Campground
bulletGambrill State Park - Day Use & Campground
bulletGreen Ridge State Forest - most of the forest accessible - a few roads are blocked and Bonds Landing Camping area is still closed
bulletHerrington Manor State Park - Day Use, Cabins
bulletNew Germany State Park Day Use, Cabins, Campground
bulletRocky Gap State Park - Day Use, Campground
bulletSavage River State Forest Day Use, Campgrounds
bulletSideling Hill Visitor Center Day Use
bulletSwallow Falls State Park Day Use, Campground



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