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August 22, 2011 – 9:24 am
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Here in Texas, alcohol is not permitted and you can not drink openly in public on state park grounds.  Are all State parks this way.

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August 22, 2011 – 12:33 pm
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In Maryland and Virginia the law says "NO Alcohol" , but personal experience shows the law is not enforced unless necessary.  If they see you with an open container they’ll say some thing. If your a rowdy drunk they’ll do some thing.  Keep it cool and they don’t care.

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August 22, 2011 – 2:53 pm
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Actually, in Va., it’s more like, "Put that in a cup, will ya?"

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NC=no alcohol in SP’s.  I believe SC was similar.  Of the SP’s I’ve seen here in Eastern WA there’s been nobody around to enforce anything.  Even payment’s on the honor system.
My 2centavos, keep it in a coffee mug or your pup.

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August 28, 2011 – 6:52 pm
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PA is the same way no alcohol in state parks, I think if your discreet and not rowdy they pretty much leave you alone.
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September 26, 2011 – 4:03 pm
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PA is the same way and we’ve never had a problem when being discreet. (Like wilssm said)  Maryland on the other hand can be stick since the change in policy is pretty new and they are had problems in the past.

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September 26, 2011 – 7:37 pm
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Joe, Maryland isn’t that bad, at least here on the eastern shore.  I’ve talked to the rangers and was told as long
you’re discreet and don’t cause any trouble, they wont bother you.  The law is there to give them a way to through
you out if your a rowdy drunk!

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I talked to a ranger at Raccoon Creek SP here in Pa. He told me they don’t enforce the law. They know people have beer. The rule is there for the times when people get stupid.  So just don’t be stupid. Was what he told me.  OF course other parks may operate different.

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I frquent Locust Lake SP in Pa. They don’t tolerate it there at all. Also if you are caught in Pa. Parks, Drinking or causing other disturbances they can list you in their system and deney you entrance into other SP’s, according to the ranger I spoke with.

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October 3, 2011 – 8:25 pm
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Its the same for New York no alcohol allowed. But enforcement is controlled by your own behavior.

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Common Sense (actually, in my experience, UNcommon sense, these days) seems to be the rule in most places. If you’re discrete and well-behaved, there shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re a rowdy idiot, you’ll get what you deserve — and spoil it for the others.

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Most of the postings here on the subject are quite true.  Discretion is the key.  Should there be a "problem" and there has been alcohol involved, the camping park folks (and the sheriff) have the upper hand.

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December 19, 2011 – 8:11 pm
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Discretion……Does that mean I should or should not offer the Ranger a beer…..or is that Uncommon sense?

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December 21, 2011 – 3:43 pm
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And don’t use those red solo cups…  your not fooling anyone …  use your coffee cup.. ;), Then you can even walk to the beach, bathhouse, even inside the park office to buy more ice and wood …

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December 21, 2011 – 3:50 pm
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Thank you for someone else finally joining my thoughts that holding a red solo cup is the exact same thing as holding a can of beer.

….Red Solo Cup….I fill you up…..lets have a Party!!!

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December 22, 2011 – 5:51 am
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Heck if it’s real bad… fill an empty pop can with your favorite brew …  Then you can walk all over town as well …  8)

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December 22, 2011 – 7:28 pm
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Do they still make those fake soda can wraps they sold in the 80’s on the boardwalk down the Jersey shore?

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December 23, 2011 – 7:53 am
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Yeppers – the rangers in the SP’s in NC will speak with you if you have a can of beer, but, they won’t bother you with a red solo cup as long as you are not rowdy/loud/obnoxious. 

We’ve done bloody mary’s for breakfast for many years and never had an issue "red-cupped", and evening pre-dinner drinks weren’t a problem.

We just don’t advertise our beer/liquor and no problems.

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March 10, 2014 – 8:12 am
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~*silver soda*~

…as I have heard it referred to.

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Back in the late 90s, I camped several times in Cheesequake SP in NJ.  One of the rangers was called Barney by the campers.

It was said that Barney would hide in the bushes to catch campers drinking.

And then there was the bathroom nazi who would clean the bathrooms and then sit in the truck and keep campers out until the appointed hour.

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