The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now offering its 2019-2020 Annual State Park and Trail Passport for purchase.
The park passport is available to residents for $75 and nonresidents for $100. The pass provides unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals.
To enhance the pass’ convenience and value, the annual passport will now be valid for a full year from the month of purchase, instead of by calendar year making it a great deal for every outdoor enthusiast. For example, a passport purchased in April 2019 will expire in April 2020. And as an additional bonus for early-adopters and purchasers, any passport bought before Dec. 31, 2018, will be valid through December 2019, meaning two extra months at no additional cost!
The newly designed passport comes in a self-contained packet with a detachable hang-tag for use in any vehicle. It will provide for easy and smooth entry to any state park.
“We enacted this change to give park customers and visitors the flexibility to purchase passports at their convenience,” Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina said. “Proceeds from passport sales fund the operations and maintenance of our vast network of diverse state parks, including conservation, education and interpretation of our state’s cultural, historical and natural resources.”
Maryland’s 75 state parks include more than 900 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as unique water access and camping facilities.
Adults ages 62 and older can purchase a Golden Age Pass for $10, which provides a lifetime pass entitling seniors to free day-use entry and complimentary boat launch in addition to half-price camping Sunday through Thursday at state parks. State park passes are available online at ShopDNR.com or by mail.