News from the DNR Office of Communications

State Park Campgrounds Reach Capacity For Holiday Weekend

Annapolis, Md. (May 26, 2011) — The Maryland Park Service is anticipating capacity crowds at State Parks during the Memorial Day weekend. All 2,100 campsites and all cabins across the State are reserved and a summer-like weather forecast is sure to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to State Park beaches, picnic areas and trails.

“Holiday weekends spent with family at a Maryland State Park create lifetime memories and traditions that are passed down through generations,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “Our 66 State Parks not only provide those memories and tremendous recreational opportunities, but they also contribute significantly to our local economies.”

Last year, 362,714 people visited Maryland’s State Parks during the Memorial Day weekend, setting the stage for hosting approximately 6 million people from the traditional start of summer through the Labor Day weekend.

“State Parks represent an affordable, relaxing way to connect with nature, family and friends,” said Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina. “There’s a State Park within easy driving distance of every Marylander, allowing them to save money on gas, help the environment and still not have to make any sacrifices when it comes to their holiday adventure.”

While State Park campgrounds are at capacity for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, many campsites are still available for the remainder of the summer. Campers are encouraged to make reservations early because they will fill quickly. Sites can be reserved at reservations.dnr.state.md.us or by calling 1-888-432-2267.

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.


   May 19, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov