Maine Park Passes Available for Holiday Giving | Shopping & Services
2012 marked the biggest year for park pass sales in the history of the 77-year-old state park system
Access to Maine’s storied state parks and the thousands of miles of trails and spectacular scenery they showcase makes a perfect holiday gift, and can be conveniently purchased online this season in the form of a Maine state park pass.
“Maine park passes are a gift that gives all year, and they offer lots of opportunities for fun and outdoor adventure in some of Maine’s most beautiful places,” said Will Harris, director of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Division of Maine Parks and Public Lands.
Maine park passes are good for day use at all the state’s parks and historical sites. They are $35 for an individual pass that allows access only to the pass holder or $70 for a vehicle pass that permits entrance to all occupants of a one-ton/17-passenger vehicle. Passes can be ordered online at www.maine.gov/doc/parks/ and will be mailed within seven business days.
The seasonal passes allow unlimited day use at Maine state parks and historic sites, but don’t apply to Baxter State Park, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Penobscot River Corridor, Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Maine Wildlife Park, Peacock Beach or Scarborough Beach.
More than 2.4 million people visited Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites this year, up 4 percent over last year. With a total of 10,763 vehicle passes and 1,354 individual passes sold this year, 2012 marked the biggest year for park pass sales in the history of the 77-year-old state park system.
Park visitors will be able to enjoy Maine’s parks starting Jan. 1, 2013 with the annual Maine State Parks First Day Hikes at four parks: 9-10:30 a.m., Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle; 9:30-10:30 a.m., Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg; 10:30 a.m., Sebago Lake State Park; and 2-3 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Other Winter Family Fun Days will be held in January and February at various parks around the state.
To buy a 2013 Maine State Park Pass today or learn more about Maine State Parks, visit www.maine.gov/doc/parks/.