Access for All

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working to ensure that the state's magnificent natural resources are accessible to all citizens and visitors. From conception and design to construction and implementation, time and attention have been spent on camping areas, cabins, fishing and boating docks, visitor centers, trails and other outdoor recreation amenities to make it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy Maryland's great outdoors. The DNR is constantly working to expand accessibility to include people with disabilities. Staff is being trained to be aware of the varying needs of a diverse public. Recognizing the non-uniformity of disabilities, DNR staff members are prepared to assist when and wherever possible.

A family on an accessible rampEvery effort is being made to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the Federal Access Board's recommendations for access to outdoor areas for individuals with disabilities. Whether you are a person with a disability or not, you are the best judge of your own ability. You have the responsibility and the right to decide what you can safely manage.

DNR's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator is Richard Allen. He is available to answer questions on accessibility to Maryland's public lands Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 410-260-8058. TTY users are asked to call via the Maryland Relay at 711 (in Maryland) or 800-735-2258. You may also e-mail your questions and comments to rallen@dnr.state.md.us.

Maryland is making a special effort to insure that all DNR facilities and programs are accessible to visitors with disabilities. This web page provides a link to an alphabetical listing of state public lands that provide accessible amenities. For your convenience, we also provide a link to accessible outdoor recreational opportunities on public lands, listed by activity. Please contact the appropriate facilities you are interested in visiting for additional information.


The facilities of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.