N.C. State Parks Add Reservation System
Beginning April 22, a reservations system will replace the first-come, first-served system of assigning campsites, cabins and shelters at North Carolina’s 37 state parks, according to the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal.
"We're very sensitive that a lot of people were loading up on weekends to state parks without being assured they could get a camping spot," said Charlie Peek, the public information officer for the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. "That's happening a lot more often as we've grown and gotten so many more visitors, and our campgrounds have gotten so much more popular."
Most of the state's 3,000 campsites will be assigned through the new reservations system. However, a few sites at some parks will be reserved for walk-in registration.
Once the system is in place, reservations can be made online, by calling a toll-free number, or visiting a state park's office or visitor's center.
A $3 surcharge for each night's stay will help pay for the new system, which is being managed by Maryland-based Infospherix.
The online reservations system will include a brief description of the campsites so that people can choose a site to their liking.
Peek said that about half of the state park systems in the country use a reservations system.