Campgrounds flourishing as more embrace the outdoors – GoErie.com

Camping is a growing industry across the commonwealth, and improvements are being made to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts.

Jason Vaughan, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association, said his organization represents 232 privately owned campgrounds across the state. “People love outdoor recreation,” he said.

Jason Vaughan, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association.

When people go camping, they are also looking for things to do outside the campsites like hiking, golfing and fishing. He said 86 million people went camping nationwide last year, which is up from 71 million people in 2014.

Vaughan said people like the outdoor experience, and with COVID-19 concerns last year camping was a safe way to be outside in your own area. “Having their own space and equipment made them feel more comfortable last year,” he said.

June 9, 2021 Mary Sparks