NY campgrounds hit visitor record

ALBANY -- State park campgrounds set a new overnight-stay record for the fifth year in a row.

Campsites, cabins and cottages throughout New York were occupied for about 633,000 nights this year through Columbus Day, Oct. 10.

That's up from 623,891 stays during the same period in 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. 

“More and more visitors are discovering the unparalleled natural beauty and outdoor recreation offered by our state parks,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Camping attendance has climbed almost 17 percent since Cuomo took office in 2011.

He's promoted the parks and tourism in taxpayer-funded ads and invested nearly $1 billion into improving the state's 180 state parks and 35 historic sites.

State parks in the Finger Lake region had 95,492 overnight stays this year, while the Southern Tier had 79,921 nights booked.

The mid-Hudson region had the lowest number of overnight stays of any region with 29,551.

Central New York had the most: 170,685

 

For New Yorkers or visitors still looking to get in a few late-season nights of camping, Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park in Otsego County and Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County are both open year-round.


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