Many state parks will have shorter camping season in 2022: Officials say they’re meeting demand

Has camping season been shortened? New York State has taken the unusual step of shortening camping season in 2022, which has many recreational campers confused.

Camping season is short in New York. The state has spent millions on New York State Park updates and upgrades in the last few years. Yet, the state has gone ahead and shortened the 2022 camping season at several parks around the state.

RELATED: Check out the camping schedule for 2022 at all state parks here

News10NBC got an answer from state parks officials, who said it all comes down to demand. “State parks periodically adjust its camping season schedule to respond to visitor demand and ensure a quality experience. We are focusing resources on the core season from one week before Memorial Day through Columbus Day when demand is highest,” they said.

Officials contend that they are expanding offerings and options at campgrounds next year to compensate for the lost camping time.

A examples of note in Western New York: Letchworth State Park will have a camping season 28 days shorter than 2021. They will open three weeks late and close one week early. Darien Lake will also open three weeks late – cutting 21 days from the camping schedule.

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