Maryland Park Service - Updates

Dear Maryland State Park Visitors,

In accordance with federal guidelines and state directives pertaining to COVID-19, we want to share important information about Maryland State Parks.

Here’s what we are doing:

  • All Marylanders over the age of five are required to wear face coverings in State Park buildings. Face coverings are also required in outdoor public areas, whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.
  • We have implemented additional cleaning procedures, according to federal guidelines, such as more stringent and frequent cleaning of restrooms.
  • Working with our various partners, certain programs and events are being postponed or canceled, to help keep visitors safe.
  • We have temporarily closed to the public some areas where people may congregate indoors, including most visitor centers, administrative buildings, certain concessions, as well as all nature/interpretive centers. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is now open to the public from 10am - 4pm Thursday through Sunday by reservation only. For information or to reserve a visit call 410-221-2291 or reserve your Tubman Experience time slot online here​.
  • Some parks are utilizing portable toilets at this time rather than opening park restrooms.
  • Please visit the Department of Natural Resources FAQ site for more information about specified activities in State Parks.
  • We are monitoring the situation. As conditions change, so may our policies on park visitation and overnight stays. We will keep you informed of any changes moving forward.

State Park Operating Status:


Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, including the Visitor Center, has reopened effective October 22. To ensure the safety of our guests, the Visitor Center is operating at reduced capacity and reservations are required for admission. The Visitor Center's hours of operation are Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reservations can be made using the park’s website.

You can enjoy a Virtual Ranger experience online, including videos and activities. Click here​.

You can visit the area to experience the Harriet Tubman UGRR story by driving the Tubman UGRR Byway, which offers visitors a way to experience the actual locations that were significant to Harriet Tubman and other Freedom Seekers. Learn more at

Here’s how you can help:

  • Pack extra soap or hand sanitizer to be safe. Please take into consideration the health of others when spending time outdoors.
  • If you are sick or have been sick over the past two weeks, please stay home to recuperate.
  • If the parking lot is full when attempting to visit a park, leave and either visit a different approved location, or return home and visit at another time when the park is not busy.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We appreciate your support of Maryland State Parks as we all work together to keep each other safe.​​​​​​