Maryland Park Service - 2017 Annual Report


Our Mission: The mission of the Maryland Park Service is to manage the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources to provide for wise stewardship and enjoyment by people.

The Maryland Park Service is dedicated to providing affordable outdoor recreation and educational opportunities in diverse landscapes for visitors each year. In 2017, the Maryland Park Service managed 72 State Parks on 137, 716 acres of land. More than 14 million visitors enjoyed adventures exploring history, hiking, biking trails or horseback riding on trails, canoeing or kayaking in our lakes, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, swimming in our beach Parks and attending nature-based staff led programs.

As tourist destinations, Maryland State Parks attract both in-state and out-of-state visitors who bring dollars that support the state’s economy. Our parks offer much more than natural spaces, unique native plants and landscapes. Significant cultural and historical sites are preserved and protected within many park boundaries, sites that tell inspiring stories of people and events that give context and meaning to our lives today. State parks also foster environmental stewardship, through outdoor education and recreation programs, as well as public involvement from thousands of volunteers who assist with and support our services and programs.

Our staff takes great pride in the trust to manage and care of these special places for all Maryland citizens and visitors to enjoy and have defined our brand promise: Maryland Park Service employees believe that today’s state park system remains uniquely positioned to provide awe-inspiring nature and heritage-based recreation opportunities. The agency's brand emphasizes the importance of equitably serving the needs of Marylanders desiring a place to affordably recreate and escape the hustle and bustle of urban life.