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.