In New York State, almost 190-thousand families went camping in 2007. This year, the numbers have climbed even higher. Many experts attribute the increase to the high price of gas.
Bill and Heather Murphy own Evergreen trails Campground in Angelica, New York and the Indian Creek Campground in Cherokee, North Carolina. They have seen a great surge in the number of reservations, this year. "This past Labor Day we looked out over our campground and every single site was filled with a tent"
The price of gas and the economy may be one reason for the sudden increase in campers. But, if you ask the campers themselves, it's also a great getaway packed with simple pleasures.