Monday, April 13, 2009

State & National Parks look for busy year

Knoxville News Sentinel - Knoxville,TN,USA

Don't count state and national parks as casualties of the weak economy, at least not yet.

With April marking the start of the 2009 camping season, area park officials say they expect a busy year as families seek affordable vacations close to home.

At Tennessee state parks, early indications are that plenty of people are willing to cough up $18 or $20 per night for a camping spot.

"From the parks I've seen, the campgrounds have been full on weekends," said Murray Crow, regional manager for Tennessee State Parks. "If anything, we've had people complain about not being able to find a good camp site."

A dress rehearsal for this camping season came last year when area gas prices skyrocketed to as much as $5 per gallon. Even then, people continued to visit public parks and campgrounds at levels only slightly below the norm.
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