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New England Campsites Are Nearly Full This Summer After A Year Of COVID Restriction

In this 2018 file photo, visitors to Acadia National Park enjoy an early sunrise near Bar Harbor, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
In this 2018 file photo, visitors to Acadia National Park enjoy an early sunrise near Bar Harbor, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation expects this to be one of the “most popular seasons in recent memory” for camping.

Just over 20% of Massachusetts public campsites for the summer were booked within the first 20 minutes of reservations opening up in mid-February. And only a few spots remain for the rest of the season.

National forests and parks are also jammed, with many campers visiting for the first time.

“You may want to have a plan B because you may encounter full campgrounds,” says Lynn Mcaloon from White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. “Pick a couple of different campgrounds instead of having your heart set on one.”

Nearly all COVID-related restrictions on campsites have been lifted, except for social distancing and mask-wearing for unvaccinated people.

Jenny Kornreich WBUR News Fellow
Jenny Kornreich is a WBUR news fellow.

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