Md. RV Park Expansions Part Of Larger Trend
The continuing expansion of RV campgrounds in Worcester County, Md., might seem like a local situation, but the fact is it’s a local manifestation of one of the fastest growing tourism trends in the country, Ocean City Today reported.
And it’s manifesting itself in a big way in Worcester, with hundreds of camping locations available and hundreds more possibly on the way.
Last October, the Fort Whaley Campground in Whaleyville received county approval to rezone 28-acres of the 72-acre property. The revision will allow the location to expand from 210 campsites to at least 300. Also last March, the county granted a similar request for Frontier Town in Berlin to rezone 36 acres, which plans to add about 200 new sites to the more than 500 it already operates.
Two other rezoning requests the county may approve will boost the number of campsites substantially. The Carl M. Freeman group hopes to convert its Bay Club Golf Course in Berlin to include more than 400 new sites and Todd Burbage and the Ayres Creek Family Farm LLC hopes to develop the defunct Pine Shores Golf Course with about 300 campsites.
This mirrors what is going on around the country, as the number of people involved in camping continues to increase, with the latest figures compiled by the campground behemoth Kampgrounds of America Inc. showing that almost 29 million people went camping at some point last year. In addition, the U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that 9 million households own RVs.
Deb Carter, Maryland Association of Campgrounds executive director, said an ever-increasing number of families are discovering the merits of this vacation option.
“It’s affordable and fun and just plain good for what ails you,” she said. “In Maryland, you can camp in a tree house, tent on a beach, have ice delivered to your camper, sleep in a yurt … and these are just a few examples,” she said.
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