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Posted: 02/15/21 07:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here in Northwest PA we have noticed a huge difference at our state parks. All last summer the parks were full. When we went camping in the fall we had a hard time getting in even on week days.

We are thinking that a lot of the folks who are able to work remotely (and kids schooling remotely) now are doing it wherever they want - even at campgrounds. [emoticon]


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Some interesting posts in this thread. Myrtle Beach had tons of space in commercial parks and we have been to Piegeon Forge twice on a weeks notice. I have been up through WV, central PA, MD, VA, SC, and FL in the past year and not once failed to find a camp ground. Only one I saw close to full was Winchester, VA. Heading back down to FL in a couple of weeks. I try not to make it complicated. Did see a full rest area near West Palm Beach first FL trip but the next one was empty. We have been out a lot in the last year mostly in the SE, some restrictions but not much. I have got both my Covid shots!

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pasusan wrote:

Here in Northwest PA we have noticed a huge difference at our state parks. All last summer the parks were full. When we went camping in the fall we had a hard time getting in even on week days.

We are thinking that a lot of the folks who are able to work remotely (and kids schooling remotely) now are doing it wherever they want - even at campgrounds. [emoticon]


I'm hoping with talk of kids going back to school that it will ease up in the fall. Of course, grade school has been in full session here with middle school, jr high, and high school only twice a week in person. That will change come March, everyone goes back full time.


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pasusan wrote:

Here in Northwest PA we have noticed a huge difference at our state parks. All last summer the parks were full. When we went camping in the fall we had a hard time getting in even on week days.

We are thinking that a lot of the folks who are able to work remotely (and kids schooling remotely) now are doing it wherever they want - even at campgrounds. [emoticon]


Govt owned parks had some weird stuff because they artificially reduced capacity...most likely as political theater. So if you tried to reserve, you may have found it more difficult.

Most private parks haven't had the same issues. Even parks with pretty tight spots easily allow you to maintain 6ft separation, so no reason to reduce capacity.


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Govt owned parks had some weird stuff because they artificially reduced capacity...most likely as political theater. So if you tried to reserve, you may have found it more difficult.

Most private parks haven't had the same issues. Even parks with pretty tight spots easily allow you to maintain 6ft separation, so no reason to reduce capacity.


It's possible that the capacity restrictions were not strictly for social distancing, but to lessen the number of people visiting the area in order to reduce the possible strain on local resources such as medical facilities, or on the campgrounds themselves.

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It's possible that the capacity restrictions were not strictly for social distancing, but to lessen the number of people visiting the area in order to reduce the possible strain on local resources such as medical facilities, or on the campgrounds themselves.


That makes no sense the number of people travelling is way down so visitor demands on local resources is reduced. There is zero logic behind all of these draconian measures. It's pure power grabbing. NM BTW has reduced private park capacity to 40% from the last thing I heard.


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Mass State Parks all seem to book up really quick. We’re the dreaded “weekend warriors” and we’ve already booked 7 weekends at various private campgrounds. I’m usually pretty happy if I only have to pay $60/night..

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Coastal CA and the likes of Yosemite and Sequoia have been booked solid since the 1960s. Nothing new around here to find overcrowding and limited space.

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We've had good luck getting spots at our AZ State Parks mostly due to the lack of Canadians and to a change in policy allowing 14 days max.


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Most state parks in PA are booked full every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day

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