News As people saw the need to spend time outside, four of the top 10 busiest months ever recorded at Tennessee State Park campgrounds happened in 2020, as measured by nightly camping stays. At Harrison Bay State Park, visitor numbers spiked up immediately last year once they reopened, following the April closures due to COVID-19. Now, occupancy at campgrounds remains high, especially on the weekends. The high numbers are expected to continue through 2021. “As soon as we opened back up, the business started rolling in. We usually have a very good June and July, and this year they were exceptionally crowded,” Don Campbell, park manager at Harrison Bay, recalled. The crowds continued right into the fall. A single month record was set in October as Tennessee State Parks had over 62,000 camping nights sold. Harrison Bay State Park’s campsites remained busy in November with a slight drop-off currently. “We do have sites available now, but mostly weekends are taken up already,” said Campbell. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are their slower days, but crowds are higher than normal. “The best thing to do is to get in and go on and make your reservation as soon as you can,” Campbell recommended. The park has 135 campsites for RV’s open year-round, and “28 campsites in the rustic or tent area that will open the first of April.” Reservations can be made online or by calling the park office, and bookings are already being placed from now until November. Rangers have […]