Despite tight economy, camping at state parks gaining popularity
By GARY LIBERATORE
OLD FORGE, N.Y. (WKTV) - As the unofficial start to the summer season approaches, many people are preparing vacation plans and looking for things to do on these long weekends. People who are looking for something relatively inexpensive to do might find interest in the many local state parts.
If you want to go camping in one, it might be harder to reserve a spot as rates for this recreation are increasing. The latest figures from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation show reservations throughout the state are up at least 5.2 percent over last year. There are 67 state campgrounds with more than 8000 campsites.
Katy Linnertz from the Syracuse who makes the annual trips to the Adirondacks says, "this is important as a family, and you only have your children for so many years before they go off to college, they're off on their own and we'd like to do it as long as we can with out children." This is the reason why year after year, during Memorial Day weekend, you tend to see the same families book their site locally at Nick's Lake State Park near Old Forge.
Mike Cramer from the Rochester area says camping during this weekend is a priority. He says the economy may be a factor on his family's daily lives, but not when it comes to their annual trek to the Adirondacks. He adds, "we do more with less at home, we do without things at home, but we all like to do the camping, that's our vacation for the year when we go out."
For convenience, you can book a campsite online through the New York State website.