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

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 social 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 groups of 10 or more are prohibited.
  • 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 are likely closed, so plan accordingly.
  • Pack snacks and water: Do what you can to avoid having to make stops along the way.
  • Dress for success: It is spring in Maine, so trails are likely to be wet, muddy, slippery, or icy; 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? +

Remote or backcountry campsites begin opening for camping on May 18. Camping at these sites is for Maine residents and non-residents. The 14-day quarantine period applies. Remote Camping Guidance (PDF)

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State Parks and Public Lands

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

Ten beaches and coastal parks and closed to use. They are scheduled to open on June 1. They are Crescent Beach State Park, Ferry Beach State Park, Fort Baldwin, Fort Popham, Kettle Cove State Park, Mackworth Island, Popham Beach State Park, Reid State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, and Two Lights State Park.

All other Maine State Parks and Public Lands are remaining open for day-use with curtailed services. Guests must strictly abide by physical distancing guidelines and not gather in groups, and we advise extreme caution. The last thing we need is an avoidable accident that pulls first responders away from critically essential services related to the pandemic.

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Which State Parks are closed until June 1? +

Ten Midcoast and Southern Maine coastal State Parks are closed, with a target reopening of June 1. Closures include:

  • Reid State Park
  • Popham Beach State Park
  • Fort Popham
  • Fort Baldwin
  • Kettle Cove State Park
  • Two Lights State Park
  • Crescent Beach State Park
  • Scarborough Beach State Park
  • Ferry Beach State Park
  • Mackworth Island

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

Yes, but only if you have met the 14-day quarantine while in Maine.

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Can I enter one of the CLOSED State Parks anyway? +

No. Closed means closed, and entering a closed State Park is considered trespassing.

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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 OPEN State Parks, hours of operation are 9 am to sunset unless otherwise posted; we canceled all park events and programs; playgrounds and many restroom facilities are closed to the public. 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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