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State campgrounds on track for record attendance, officials say

A couple is shown in this file photo

A couple is shown in this file photo taken at Wildwood State Park Campground in Wading River. Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

New York State Park campgrounds are on pace for their busiest year.

More than 562,000 have made reservations for overnight stays as of Aug. 17, and with camping across the state open at some parks as late as December, there's a good chance at breaking the record of 594,441 overnight stays set last year, according to a news release issued by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office.

So far, this year's pace translates to a 5.2 percent increase over last year, state officials reported in the release issued Friday.

Long Island's two state park campgrounds -- Wildwood in Wading River and Hither Hills in Montauk -- are ahead of that pace.

Wildwood so far has 20,631 scheduled overnight stays, an 11.5 percent increase when compared with last year's 18,493.

Hither Hills is scheduled for 22,480 overnight stays, nearly a 6.5 percent increase when compared with 21,120 for last year.

There are 33 campground sites on state parks, including Hither Hills and Wildwood.

"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," Cuomo said in the release.

Camping reservations are available through ReserveAmerica, which provides online and phone reservations. Reservations are accepted for campsites and cabins, from one day to nine months in advance of the planned arrival date.

Visit http://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ or call 800-456-2267 (CAMP).

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