Maryland State Parks And Campgrounds Closing For Hurricane Sandy

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Annapolis, Md. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Maryland Park Service is closing all State Park campgrounds and day-use areas in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

The Maryland Forestry Service is also closing Elk Neck State Forest.

The latest weather forecasts predict a significant impact to Assateague Island from Hurricane Sandy. The campground at Assateague State Park closed Saturday evening, October 27 and will remain closed until the morning of Wednesday, October 31, depending on the severity of damage caused by the storm. The Assateague State Park day-use facility and the road onto the island (Route 611 prior to the Verrazano Bridge) will be closed to all visitors and traffic at 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 28 and until further notice.

All Maryland State Park campgrounds and day-use areas, including picnic shelters and all other park facilities, will be closed by Sunday evening, October 28. State Parks will remain closed, and all park programs are canceled, until the morning of Wednesday, October 31. This closure period will be modified on a park-by-park basis depending on the severity of the storm and associated damage.

Full refunds without cancellation penalties will be automatically processed for all reservations for the period during which the parks are closed. Further information can be found at dnr.md.gov/publiclands

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.

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