According to the latest available data from the 2014 American Camper Report, 40.1 million Americans — or 14% of the US population over age of six — camped in 2013. That same year, Americans went camping for a total of 516.6 million days. In New York State, State Park campsites were occupied for 583,016 nights in 2013, surpassing 2012’s record of 578,428 overnight stays.
And according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York state campgrounds are on track for another record-setting year.
“We’re on track for a banner year at New York state campgrounds and it’s not too late to see what you’ve been missing,” said a statement from Governor Cuomo. So far in 2015, visitors have reserved more than 562,000 overnight stays at campgrounds, a 5.2% increase over last year. Overnight campground stays last year totaled 594,441, an increase of over 10,000 from 2013.
With the whole fall season coming up, Governor Cuomo said that there’s still more than enough time to break the record.
“With Labor Day right around the corner and the fall foliage season fast approaching, there is still plenty of time to make a reservation and visit one of New York’s great campgrounds and experience that natural beauty that dots every corner of this state,” said Governor Cuomo.
Fall is the perfect time for a little camping trip, as there are many different options for all families and plenty of seasonal benefits, according to State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey.
“While summer may be flying by, there are still plenty of opportunities to camp at a state park, with close-by and affordable options for all families,” said Harvey. “With stunning fall foliage, crisp fall air and warm campfires to enjoy, fall camping is a wonderful way to extend your time in the outdoors before winter sets in.”
Camping reservations can be made through ReserveAmerica, which provides both online and phone reservations for New York campsites.