Labor Day weekend may be the unofficial end to summer, but people are still traveling near and far to enjoy Vermont State Parks.
According to state parks director Craig Whipple, this weekend will be a full one.
All 2,200 campsites have been reserved, the weekend should be on par with the fourth of July rush.
These visitors are helping to pump dollars into the local economy, in 2015 the Vermont State Parks took in close to $86M.
“It has a huge impact on the local economy, our visitation last year was a little over a million visits for the year. Which was a 25 year record,” Whipple said.
As for 2016, visitors numbers are running 5% lower than last year. But Whipple tells us, it’ll still a busy and successful year.
A couple we spoke with on Friday traveled from their home in the suburbs of Montreal, QC and love everything that the Green Mountain State has to offer. They had to reserve their stay this holiday weekend 11 months in advance.
“Vermont is very nice and green. Vermont State Parks are really nice, and the camping sites are always clean,” Michael McGuire said.
They enjoy camping at Little River State Park in Waterbury because of the close proximity to biking, boating, and shopping in Stowe.
Whipple recognizes this weekend as the last hurrah for the summer camping season. But he wants to remind folks a good amount of campsites will remain open through the Columbus Day Weekend.