2018 Maryland Code
Natural Resources
Title 5 - Forests and Parks
Subtitle 11 - Public Recreation on Private Land and Land Owned by Local Governments.
§ 5-1101. Definitions

  • (a) In general. -- In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

  • (b) Charge. --

    • (1) "Charge" means price or fee asked for services, entertainment, recreation performed, or products offered for sale on land or in return for invitation or permission to enter or go upon land.

    • (2) "Charge" does not include:

      • (i) The sharing of game, fish, or other products of recreational use;

      • (ii) Benefits to the land arising from the recreational use; or

      • (iii) Contributions in kind or services to promote the management or conservation of resources on the land.

  • (c) Educational purpose. -- "Educational purpose" includes:

    • (1) Nature study;

    • (2) Farm visitations for purposes of learning about the farming operation;

    • (3) Practice judging of livestock, dairy cattle, poultry, other animals, agronomy crops, horticultural crops, or other farm products;

    • (4) Organized visits to farms by school children, 4-H clubs, FFA clubs, and others as part of their educational programs;

    • (5) Organized visits for purposes of participating in or observing historical reenactments as part of an educational or cultural program; and

    • (6) Observation of historical, archaeological, or scientific sites.

  • (d) Land. --

    • (1) "Land" means land, roads, paths, trails, water, watercourses, private ways and buildings, structures, and machinery or equipment when attached to realty.

    • (2) "Land" does not include any structure or equipment provided by a unit of local government for the purpose of public recreation.

  • (e) Off-highway vehicle; OHV. -- "Off-highway vehicle" or "OHV" means a motor-assisted or motor-driven vehicle that is:

    • (1) Designed for or capable of cross-country travel on or directly over land, snow, or other natural terrain; and

    • (2) Not intended for use on public roads.

  • (f) Owner. -- "Owner" means the owner of any estate or other interest in real property, whether possessory or nonpossessory, including the grantee of an easement.

  • (g) Recreational purpose. -- "Recreational purpose" means any recreational pursuit.

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