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Maine State Parks crush records for recreation visits in 2020; camping reservations for 2021 open Feb. 1

Despite pandemic-related spring closures and season-long capacity limitations, a total of 3,067,112 people visited Maine State Parks.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Did the COVID-19 pandemic motivate you to pursue more of Maine’s outdoor opportunities? If so, you’re not alone.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) has compiled its year-end Maine State Park visitation statistics and, as expected, 2020 activity broke all records for recreation visits, which includes day-use and camping. 

Despite pandemic-related spring closures and season-long capacity limitations, a total of 3,067,112 people visited Maine State Parks in 2020.

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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.

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