Tar Heel State Parks Begin Reservation System
The North Carolina State Parks System launched an Internet and call center reservation system Wednesday (April 22) for nearly 3,000 campsites, picnic shelters, cabins and community buildings.
Visitors can make reservations at 31 of the 37 parks across the state, according to news14.com, Charlotte.
Camper Nell Fisher said it will be convenient to know if a campsite is available.
"Especially if you're coming from any distance, and you need to know that there's going to be a spot for you," Fisher said. "I think reservations are a really good idea."
Previously, campsites and other facilities at North Carolina State Parks were on a first-come, first-served basis.
"Sometimes you don't know. You go out of the way, you pull into a campground and they are filled. So then, there you are, no place to go," said camper Bill Karr.
Park ranger Jeff Davis said the reservation system is long overdue. Davis expects it will really help during the summer and on holiday weekends when the parks fill up quickly. In the past, he turned away disappointed visitors who traveled from out of town to Carolina Beach State Park, located south of Wilmington.
"There's nothing you can tell them but, 'I'm sorry. It's first-come, first-served and we were already full,'" Davis said. "So that's the benefit to them, is that they'll have something waiting and they can rest assured."
There will be a $3 surcharge per night to support the system. It will cost $13 per night for seniors and $18 for others.
Sites can be reserved for July 15 and anytime afterward.