Scottsville, N.Y. – It’s a way for families to get away without the long drive.
Gravel Ponds is a private campground, about a thirty-minute drive from the city, in Scottsville.
“It’s better than sitting around the house,” said Orlando Jones, who was visiting a friend’s campsite.
“We come up here and have a good time.”
“This type of camping is getting more popular with the economy and the gas crunch,” said Miles Sovereign, who has been camping at the park for the past 10 years. He tells us it makes a difference not having to drive far to getaway.
Park Manager Deanna Dean agrees. She says more people have been staying at the park this season and attributes it to the rising gas prices.
Gravel Ponds is not the only park to see an increase in visitors. New York state parks have also seen an increase.
Officials say there's been a 5.6 percent increase in state park attendance this year.