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Most Maryland State Park Campgrounds And Day-Use Areas Close In Advance Of Hurricane Irene

Annapolis, Md. (August 26, 2011) - The Maryland Park Service will close most State Park campgrounds and day-use areas in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene.

The latest weather forecasts predict a significant impact to Assateague Island from Hurricane Irene. The campground at Assateague State Park will close at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 26 and will remain closed until the morning of Wednesday, August 31, depending on the severity of damage caused by the storm. Campers must vacate the campground by 11 a.m. on Friday, August 26, with all of their equipment and belongings.

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 7 p.m. on August 26 and until further notice.

State Park campgrounds east of Washington County will be closed from Friday evening, August 26 through Sunday evening, August 28. Campgrounds affected by this closure include: Pocomoke River, Janes Island, Tuckahoe and Martinak State Parks on the Eastern Shore. Also included are Cunningham Falls, Gambrill, Greenbrier, Patapsco Valley, Susquehanna, Elk Neck, Cedarville, Smallwood and Point Lookout State Parks. Campers already in these campgrounds must vacate the campground by sunset on Friday, August 26, with all of their equipment and belongings.

State Park day-use areas, including picnic shelters and all other park facilities, east of Washington County will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28. Day-use areas affected by this closure include: Janes Island, Pocomoke River, Tuckahoe, Martinak and Wye Island State Parks on the Eastern Shore. Also included are Cunningham Falls, Gambrill, Greenbrier, Washington Monument, Gathland, Seneca Creek, Patapsco Valley, Soldiers Delight, Gunpowder Falls, North Point, Susquehanna, Rocks, Fair Hill, Elk Neck, Sandy Point, Rosaryville, Cedarville, Smallwood, Calvert Cliffs, Greenwell and Point Lookout State Parks.

Campgrounds and day-use areas will remain open at Fort Frederick and all Allegany and Garrett County State Parks including: Rocky Gap, Dans Mountain, Deep Creek Lake, Casselman River, New Germany, Big Run, Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Parks. If the weather further deteriorates in the western portions of the state, closures will be announced for these State Parks as necessary.

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


   August 26, 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