Frequently Asked Questions - State Parks, Public Lands, & COVID-19

Updated July 3, 2020

Safely Spending Time Outside

Do I have to practice physical distancing on the trail? +

Yes. Common sense and MeCDC tell us physical distancing is a must.

  • Practice physical distancing: Stay at least six feet away from other people who do not live in your household. If necessary, step aside when passing other people on the trail. And remember that gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Some locations have smaller group restrictions, and remember that physical distancing still applies.
  • Wear a mask: All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in public buildings and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Don't linger: Shorten your stay when visiting natural stopping points such as waterfalls, summits, and viewpoints so everyone can enjoy them while maintaining a safe distance.
  • Don't touch: Avoid touching signs, kiosks, buildings, and benches to minimize the potential spread of the virus. If you're sick, stay home.

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Are there other tips or precautions? +

Yes.

  • Expect limited services: Facilities like public restrooms may be limited, so plan accordingly. Bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Pack snacks and water: Do what you can to avoid having to make stops along the way.
  • Dress for success: It is summer in Maine, but trails can still be wet, muddy, or slippery; bring appropriate gear to match the conditions. Local outdoor brands are open for online sales and are available to advise on proper clothing and equipment.
  • Don't take risks: Stick to more accessible terrain to avoid injuries, which add stress on first responders and medical resources.
  • Watch out for ticks: Wear light-colored pants, closed-toe shoes, and apply EPA-approved bug repellent.

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What are some other resources I can use to get outside during the pandemic safely? +


Camping

Can I go camping on the Public Lands? +

Yes. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on July 3 camping at these sites is for residents of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey without need of a 14-day quarantine or testing. All other vistors must continue to follow the 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing. All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in public buildings and when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Remote Camping Guidance (PDF)

For information about camping at Maine State Park campgrounds visit www.CampWithME.com

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State Parks and Public Lands

Are State Parks and Maine Public Lands open for day use? +

All State Parks and Historic Sites are currently open for day use; some have parking restrictions in place.

COVID precautions and what to expect when you visit these beaches and parks:

  • Reduced Parking - To address the potential for crowding issues, some Parks may have reduced parking.
  • Reduced Length of Visit - Please be prepared to limit your stay so that others may enjoy the Park too.
  • Physical Distancing - Essential to our ability to keep these Parks open. Please keep at least 6 feet from staff and from others not in your household.
  • Wear Masks - All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in public buildings and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Restrooms - Restrooms are open. Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Quarantine - Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on July 3, State Park and Public Land use is for residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey without need of a 14-day quarantine or testing. All other vistors must continue to follow the 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing. All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in public buildings and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Monitoring & Changes - We will monitor conditions and make changes to policies as necessary. We need your cooperation, so thanks for your patience and support!

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Can I visit a State Park for day use if I am from out of state? +

Yes, Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on July 3, State Park and Public Land use is for residents of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey without need of a 14-day quarantine or testing. All other vistors must continue to follow the 14-day quarantine requirement. All visitors are required to carry a mask at all times and be prepared to wear one in public buildings and when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

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Can I park on the street or road outside of an open Maine State Park and walk-in? +

In some cases, yes. Everyone is required to respect parking and directional signage on roads adjacent to State Parks and to respect our neighbors. Parking illegally may result in a fine by local law enforcement, or worse yet, towing.

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What do curtailed services mean? +

At Maine State Parks, hours of operation are 9 am to sunset unless otherwise posted; we canceled all park events and programs. Playgrounds are open. Restrooms are open. Please note park access may change without notice.

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Local trails are crowded, what should I do? Where should I go? +

With so many people at home and the need to get outside for their physical and mental health, it is not surprising that State Parks and local trail systems are seeing above-average use. We suggest visiting a nearby Wildlife Management Area, or a less-trafficked state park, public land, or local land trust (Maine Trail Finder is a great resource!). Be sure to visit websites to read the latest information on closures and conditions.

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