New York camping season’s busy kick-off
“Our participation looks fantastic at this point,” said Mike Buzzelli, chief of the recreation office at the State Department of Environmental Protection.
BUFFALO, NY – If the good weather makes you want to go out, you’re in luck. It’s the New York Department of Environmental Conservation Campgrounds opening weekend.
“We have 52 campgrounds. They are distributed in the forest reserves of Catskills and Adirondack. They are mostly found in central and northern New York, ”said Mike Buzzelli, head of DEC’s recreation office.
Buzzelli said the season is already off to a good start.
“Our participation looks fantastic right now,” he said, adding that the trend they saw last year, with a peak in camping, is still in place as this summer approaches.
“People are coming in, more than some of our sites can handle, so we ask people to make reservations before they come or call the property to see how busy they really are,” Buzzelli said.
However, you don’t have to go deep in the mountains to enjoy the camping experience. There are several options closer to you.
“We are a real back to nature family campsite,” said Gretchen Jackson, owner of Cherry Hill Campground, a private Darien Center campground.
Jackson said she also noticed heavy attendance at the start of the season.
“It has certainly started to get busier than usual,” she said. “A lot of times not much happens until Memorial Day weekend, but we got a lot of people this weekend, and we had a lot of travelers in the area.
Located across from Six Flags Darien Lake, Jackson explained that often visitors will spend the day at the amusement park and then head to Cherry Hill to relax.
“If you’re still careful about COVID, camping is a great way to break the monotony of being at home. You can come here, and you can still get away socially. You’re still with your own family, but “you’re in the woods, and you hear the birds singing at night. It’s a good way to take a break away from home while still being safe,” Jackson said.
Whether you’re looking for a distant adventure in some of the state’s protected forest areas or a weekend getaway, there are plenty of options in New York City to beat cabin fever.
“People are still trying to get outside and want to be outside more than ever, and just get away from the usual surroundings. The campgrounds at our locations offer this and more. Being in nature is a wonderful equipment and being able to see some of these unspoiled wilderness areas is incredible, ”said Buzzelli.
DEC is separate from the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation, but some of your favorite state parks and private campgrounds in western New York are also starting to open.
Learn more about Cherry Hill Campground here.
Find out more about DEC campsites here.