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State parks continue to soar in visitor numbers


West Virginia State Parks were bursting at the seams for the first official weekend of the summer season.
Officials expect no let up as the summer sets in. State Parks Chief Brad Reed said nearly all cabins and campgrounds in the state were booked solid for Memorial Day and the demand for space isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
“We had parks full to capacity at a level we had never seen before,” he said.
Reed said at Cabwaylingo State Forest every campsite, cabin, and even every picnic table was occupied for the Memorial Day weekend. It’s a trend which began two years ago with the Covid pandemic. While other industries were shutting down and trying to figure out how to survive, the state park system enjoyed an unexpected renaissance.

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