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State: Camping Broke Records in 2020

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  • The lodge at Pickwick Landing State Park got an $11.7 million renovation this year, making it one of the biggest state parks project across Tennessee.

Tennesseans went camping last year and spent money doing it.

A new report from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) said Tennessee State Parks set camping records, recorded 34.7 million park visits, and had an economic impact of $1/84 billion in 2020. Camping volume at state parks last year recorded

Tennessee State Parks experience record camping numbers in 2020

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee State Parks hosted a record number of campers in 2020, as people searched for ways to have fun safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, which runs the state park system, June, July and October of 2020 were the top three busiest camping months in state park history.

The trend continued in November, when parks sold 36,000 camping nights. The number is a record for November and more than double the amount sold in 2019.

“We’ve seen unprecedented numbers,” Bledsoe Creek State Park manager Chris Thurman said.

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Shares of Camping World Holdings (NYSE: CWH) soared 84.1% in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused people to get back to nature and away from the crowds.

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The “escape to the wilderness” mindset pushed new and used RV sales 16% higher through the first nine months of the year, leading Camping World to post a $304 million profit for the year, a turnaround from a net loss of $39 million in 2019.

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Camping records set at Tennessee State Parks in 2020 as people ‘stay home’ outdoors

In the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, record numbers of people “stayed home” in tents, campers and RVs they took with them to Tennessee’s state parks.

Camping in the last two months of 2020 reached historic highs in state-run parks, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation that oversees them. Four of the top 10 camping months ever in state parks happened in 2020, most likely driven by visitors seeking the outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, TDEC Commissioner Jim Bryson attributed the surge to the search for well-being.

“The impact of COVID-19 simply underscores a