Campgrounds Expand, Add RV Sites to Meet Demand

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A recent survey conducted by The Dyrt showed private campgrounds expanding to meet soaring camping demand.

More than a third of private campground plan expansions in 2023, the survey found.

“America does not have enough campsites,” The Dyrt CEO Kevin Long said. “National and state parks are booked up months in advance and are not able to add capacity. It is three times harder to find a site to book than it was pre-pandemic.”

Campgrounds also reported expanding capacity, including RV sites.

Of the properties surveyed, more than a third (35.7%) said they added camping capacity in 2022. Nearly a third (31.0%) added campsites in 2022 for an existing type of camping on the property, including 30.5% adding RV sites (30.5%).

Additionally, 17.5% said they added sites for a new type of camping in 2022, with 16% adding RV sites for the first time.

The survey included properties in all 50 states. Over 89% of respondents indicated they want to grow their camping business during 2023.Private campgrounds also are expanding their calendars. Almost 20% of campground hosts reportedly expanded their seasons.

For more information about the survey, click here.

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