Adventure Bound Expanding Camping Imprint
When Horton’s Campground near Truro, Mass., went on the market a year and a half ago, the authorities at Cape Cod National Seashore shuddered to think what would happen if a developer snapped up the 39-acre property, located off South Highland Road and sandwiched between parklands, the Provincetown Banner reported.
Now they are breathing a sigh of relief. Horton’s is under contract, and the prospective buyer is the owner of the North Truro Camping Area, just around the corner on Highland Road, who plans to preserve Horton’s traditional use.
At a meeting of the National Seashore Advisory Commission on Monday (Nov. 15), John O’Reilly, of the engineering firm J.M. O’Reilly and Associates, announced that Wayne Klekamp had signed a purchase-and-sale agreement with Robert Horton, whose family has owned the Horton’s Campground property since 1935. Klekamp is the founder of Adventure Bound Camping Resorts, a company that owns and runs campgrounds across the U.S., most of them in the East. The North Truro Camping Area is one of them.
O’Reilly was seeking the commission’s approval of a groundwater discharge permit that would allow Klekamp to install a sewer line between the two campgrounds, located about half a mile apart. The sewer would service toilet facilities, showers and RV pump-out stations and would eliminate the need to have two wastewater systems between the two sites, he said. He added that it was looked on favorably by the state Deptartment of Environmental Protection, which “sees the benefit of having one mechanical operation” for the two properties.
Klekamp also is hoping to transfer a number of campsites from the North Truro Camping Area to Horton’s. While the 21-acre North Truro campground has 330 sites, Horton’s, at close to 40 acres, has only 209.
Commission members seemed pleased by the prospect of Horton’s maintaining its traditional use as a campground and voted unanimously to approve the groundwater discharge permit.
“I guess I believe having the campgrounds maintained as campgrounds is a real advantage, because we don’t have the areas that middle-class people can come to,” said Peter Watts, Wellfleet’s representative on the commission, referring to the higher cost of lodging on the Cape. “If that weren’t the case, these two properties could be divided into three-acre lots.”
Seashore Supt. George Price said the park had been quite concerned when it received word that Horton’s was on the market. In a conversation with a woman who had expressed interest in buying the property early on, he said he told her that “the No. 1 goal we have is to keep it as open space. The No. 2 goal is to keep it as a campground.”
After hearing of the collaboration between Klekamp and Horton, and the proposed sewer project, Price said the reaction at the park was positive.
“We think it’s a win-win situation.”
In a phone interview on Tuesday, Klekamp said the deal was not contingent on getting the sewer system or the transfer of campsites permitted. The thought behind subtracting campsites from the North Truro campground and adding them to Horton’s was that “we could make the [North Truro] campground less crowded, since there’s so much acreage that comes with Horton’s. We thought it would make it a little more environmentally friendly.”
Klekamp said Horton’s will include tent sites and RV sites, as it does now. “Basically we’d keep it the same way.” He said he hasn’t decided yet what it will be called but out of respect for the Horton family’s long involvement with the property, “We’d probably use some version of the name.”
If all goes as planned, he hopes to have the campground up and running by next summer, he said.