Portions of the Western Maryland Rail Trail will be closed for scheduled maintenance March 10 through 27 to ensure the safety of visitors. The work will remove trees and limbs damaged by insects and recent ice storms. Read more
Construction will have minimal effect on park operations
Rocky Gap Casino Resort within Rocky Gap State Park is gearing up for a planned expansion on property leased from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Set to begin this spring, the enhancements will ease parking congestion to better accommodate increased visitation. The project will not involve any park-operated land or parking lots as established in the lease agreement.
A portion of the lakeside loop trail will be temporarily closed during the construction phase. This will be the only impact to park visitors. Read more
When: March 8-9 & 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road in Thurmont MD 21788 Who: Open to the Public Cost: $2/person; Youth groups $1/person Contact: 301-271-7574
This fun-packed event will feature continuous demonstrations of the traditional maple syrup-making process, a pancake breakfast, kid’s activities, and live music in large, heated tents. Read more
Check conditions and plan ahead before venturing out
With winter still flexing its muscles, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges outdoors enthusiasts to stay smart and safe. Cold-weather hazards are hard to see ─ particularly at night ─ and even a small mistake can quickly turn deadly.
“We encourage everyone to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities, but we urge you to stay alert for unexpected weather and exercise caution,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, Maryland Natural Resources Police superintendent. “It doesn’t take much for conditions to deteriorate, especially when temperatures fluctuate.” Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites citizens, businesses and organizations to become a part of the 2014-2015 Maryland Bay Game through a variety of sponsorship opportunities! Now in its 17th year, this exciting activity booklet is given to schools, libraries, State Parks, and visitor centers for children to enjoy throughout the summer and all year long. Read more
Submission Deadline March 7
Calling all young poets, photographers, artists and producers! Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit original creations inspired by the State’s outdoors to the 2014 Color Maryland Green contest. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on the final draft of the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, developed to enhance recreation areas and services on State lands. The plan was devised using public input gathered during a random telephone survey, an online survey and through four regional stakeholder meetings. Read more
The Maryland Park Service hosts 25 hikes and nearly 900 participants
From Hawaii to Texas to Maine, a record-breaking 27,861 people from across the nation kicked off the New Year with First Day Hikes January 1. All 50 states joined in on the fun, offering special hikes and activities to encourage their citizens to get outside and enjoy the sights, sounds and wonders of nature. Read more
The Manor Area at Cunningham Falls State Park will be closed to the public January 15 through the end of February to remove dead and dying trees caused by Hurricane Sandy, as part of an approved salvage program. Read more