Welcome to the Maine Division of Parks
and Public Lands
If you want to explore Maine's great outdoors, you've come to
the right place!
Maine is legendary for its rock-bound coast, sandy beaches, the
north woods, mountains, lakes, and rivers. All of these areas are
represented in the one million acres managed by the Maine Division of Parks
and Public Lands, within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Included in this acreage are parks, historic sites, beaches, camping areas, waterways, public reserved lands, and thousands of miles of trails. Come explore Maine on us!
NEW! - Down East Sunrise Trail Section Maps - Provide information about on and near trail amenities and points of interest.
Washington Junction to Cherryfield // Cherryfield to Machias // Machias to Ayers Junction
First Time Campers - enter to win a FREE camping weekend!
Maine families who have never been camping have a unique opportunity this summer. The Division of Parks and Public Lands, in conjunction with the Take It Outside initiative, is offering families the opportunity to reconnect with nature by spending a weekend at one of 11 participating Maine State Parks.
The winning families will receive a two-night reservation at their chosen state park, a complete set of camping equipment to use for the weekend, a bag of Wicked Joe “Maine State Parks Blend” Coffee, and get to keep up to four sleeping bags. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000.00 gift certificate from L. L. Bean to purchase their own set of camping equipment.
This program is intended for first-time campers, and is offered to Maine Residents only.
GeoTour Maine State Parks
added to 2013 Passport Program!
Begins May 18, 2013
Discover 8 geocaches as you explore Maine’s spectacular State Parks and Historic Sites. From historic forts to our deepest wilderness, the Maine State Parks GeoTour offers something for everyone!
Play our 2013 GeoChallenge with a Maine State Parks Passport and take home more than just memories! You could win a canoe, a GPS or some great mapping software.
Visit our GeoTour page for the details!
Find Parks & Public Lands
Here is a convenient online tool to help you discover Maine's great State Parks, Public Lands and Historic Sites!
This feature allows you to search by activity, facility or region; or try the "single-tank trips" option and go on a gas-saving adventure by finding a destination in your neck of the woods.
Downloadable maps and brochures are available for select locations or use the "print this page" feature for a printer-friendly brochure.
There is so much to discover on managed lands. We hope this feature will you find your special places and experience the natural beauty of Maine.
To use this feature select the link Find Parks & Public Lands (also located in the top right portion of your screen under the Bureau Features heading). We will continue to expand and enhance this website. Please contact us with your comments.
Day Use Fees | Camping Fees | Rules
Please help us Protect Maine's Forests.
Leave your firewood at home--don't give bugs a free ride!
Do not bring firewood from outside the state of Maine.
Buy firewood from a local source where you camp. Do not transport firewood distances greater than 50 miles, even within Maine.
If you’ve already transported firewood, don’t leave it or bring it home – burn it! If you can't burn it all within 24 hours, bring it to the nearest drop-off site.
The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has partnered with the Center for Community GIS of Farmington to create a datebase of all state trails.
Check Maine Trail Finder for the latest information on trails in Maine. More trails are being added regularly.
Recently Published Reports
Management Planning Underway
Standing and Special Committees
On sale now is the Allagash Wilderness Waterway DVD Northrunner. Come discover the history of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (from its creation in 1966 to the present) with those who live and work there. Northrunner explores the history of this gem of a park in the middle of a working forest. Learn why this place is so revered – and engenders so much passion.
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