University of Maryland Extension

Landowner Liability and Recreational Access (EB-357)

The increasing interest of the general public in outdoor recreation activities, the limited amount of public land available, and increasing development of open space have created greater pressure on private rural land for recreation. Private landowners in Maryland will benefit from understanding the laws relating to landowner liability and trespass, and the safeguards
that minimize liability in order to make informed decisions regarding the use of their land by others for recreational activities.

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