Entrance Fees & Passes
Finding out whether or not a place charges an entrance fee is not always all that simple! Parks, boat ramps, wildlife sanctuaries, state forests - they're all managed by different entities and it can get confusing quickly!
The easiest way to find out if a place charges an entrance fee is to just go there and look for signs. But sometimes that doesn't even quite answer your questions! And most people prefer to know ahead of time, before they head out for their adventure, whether or not they're going to have to pay a fee (particularly if the managing agency doesn't take credit cards!).
The next best thing is to use this site to link back directly to the managing agency for information. On each individual page, we list a link to the agency that maintains the property, and (if applicable), sets the entrance/usage fees. However if you plan to explore Delmarva Trails & Waterways often, we highly recommend purchasing annual passes to the places you frequent the most.
PLEASE NOTE: This list is to be used primarily for hiking, biking, wildlife-viewing, and paddling. If launching a motorboat, please refer to each state's respective regulations on boater registration and ramp certificates.
Delaware State Parks (entrance fees; annual passes available)
Delaware Fish & Wildlife (Conservation Access Pass required for State Wildlife Areas)
Maryland Park Service (most parks have free entry, but not all; annual passes available)
Maryland Forest Service (free entry for State forests)
Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service (free entry for Wildlife Mgt Areas)
Virginia State Parks
Assateague Island National Seashore (entrance fees; annual passes available)
Chincoteague NWR (entrance fees; annual passes available)
Eastern Shore NWR (entrance fees; annual passes available)
Blackwater NWR (entrance fees for Wildlife Drive; annual passes available)
Eastern Neck NWR
Prime Hook NWR
Bombay Hook NWR (entrance fees; annual passes available)
Kent (free entry)
Sussex (no county-run parks & recreation facilities)
Queen Anne's (entry/parking fees for kayak launches, public landings, and fishing piers; annual permits available)
Talbot (free entry)
Caroline (free entry)
Dorchester (free entry)
Wicomico (free entry)
Somerset (free entry)
Worcester (free entry)
Accomack (free entry for most)
Northampton (free entry)