Park Gets New Reservation System

March 11, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Park Gets New Reservation System

Camping at Austin Creek State Recreation Area in Guerneville, Calif., just got a lot more hip, the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reported.

For the first time, fans of the 5,700-acre reserve can secure camping spots through, rather than taking their chances on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hipcamp is a Bay Area start-up that is hoping to go toe-to-toe with booking behemoth ReserveAmerica, which handles reservations for 11,000 campsites in 100 state parks.

Austin Creek is Hipcamp’s first attempt at handling the reservation process from start to finish, said Michele Luna, executive director of Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

“The goal is to really create a more personal experience between us as the campground operator, and our campers,” Luna said.

Stewards of the Coast has an agreement with California State Parks to operate Austin Creek, which is adjacent to Armstrong Redwoods State Park and is reached through the same entrance.

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