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800-Foot Zip Line a Favorite at New Campground

June 29, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Welcome sign at new Niagara Falls area campground.

This year, discriminating campers are demanding more upscale amenities. That’s evident at Branches of Niagara Campground and Resort, on Grand Island, which is one of Western New York’s newest campgrounds. It opened a year ago and is expanding with more attractions for campers, Buffalo Business First reported.

Visitors can still pitch a tent or bring a camper, but cabin reservations are booking up quickly for the summer season. Campground operators say cabins are in high demand. For those who won’t settle for anything less than “glamour camping” or “glamping,” a heated swimming pool is open, along with wireless Internet and more.

Elaine Pariso is a business partner in the venture. She says a rainy spring put some projects, like a new pavilion, on hold. “We had some construction that the weather hindered,” she said. “It made things a little more difficult.” Rather than have construction crews on site during peak camping season, the project is on the back burner.

The deluxe cabins at Branches of Niagara campground

But the rain did help Branches in another, even more visible way. “Our lake, which was excavated a few years back and partially full last year, between the snowfall and rainfall, it is completely full and stocked with fish,” she said. Boaters can now paddle around an island in the center of the lake and through a canal.

Enjoying the zip line at Branches of Niagara campground.

For adventurous campers, Branches of Niagara also added a new 800-foot zip line that extends across the south end of the lake. Two lines allow riders to race one another along the zip line.

Branches of Niagara features 70 acres. The campground markets itself to locals and Niagara Falls tourists.

Will the upgrades lead to a successful holiday weekend? Stay Tuned. Memorial Day was booked solid at the campground and they expect the same turnout this weekend, for Independence Day.

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