AUGUSTA - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) anticipates a rise in visitors to its outdoor destinations this spring and summer and urges guests to plan ahead and be mindful of the potential for crowded parking areas and trailhead bottlenecks.
BPL experienced a significant increase in visitation throughout the previous three years, highlighting the popularity of Maine's state parks and public lands. As we enter the spring and summer seasons, BPL aims to ensure a positive and sustainable experience for all visitors by encouraging responsible planning and cooperation.
"Summer in Maine is a season for family memories and new adventures. We’re thrilled to see so many people enjoying Maine’s outdoors, and we’re also committed to ensuring that everyone has a fun and healthy experience. We encourage hikers, beachgoers, and campers to plan ahead, avoid crowded sites on busy weekends, and be considerate to our staff and others," emphasized BPL Director Andy Cutko.
BPL has taken proactive measures to provide information and resources to assist visitors in planning their trips. To address the potential for increased visitation during spring and summer, BPL will continue to share valuable planning information to enhance visitor experiences.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to Maine State Parks and Public Reserved Lands, here are some essential reminders:
By following these guidelines, visitors can contribute to the protection of Maine's recreation resources and ensure that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the State's Parks and Public Reserved Lands.
For more information on the diverse trails and destinations within Maine State Parks and Public Reserved Lands, please visit the BPL website at www.parksandlands.com.