Summer a Success for State Parks

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

The docks may be empty now, but officials say business was steady this summer. Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park was one of many to see an increase in visitors.

Gil Lawson, spokesperson for the tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet says, "Another park in your area, Pine Mountain was up the same as Buckhorn, almost one percent. Natural Bridge was up nine percent for the three month period."

"A lot of them are first time guests, we've also got a lot of repeat guests, a lot of people who may not have been here in a while that have just returned," says Jason Mullins, Buckhorn staff.

Buckhorn officials say coupons offering a stay for $50 a night helped bring in guests.

"We got an increase in our occupancy rates, with that coupon alone, close to 150 rooms nights," says Greta Reynolds, park manager.

"Maybe those folks are going for the first time or did not plan to go and we believe the $50 rate was attractive to them, and that's why they are taking advantage of it," says Lawson.

And it looks like growing elk herd may also be helping. Greta Reynolds says she's already scheduled additional viewing tours though the end of the year. "All of our november dates are full and all of our December dates are almost full. So people are really helping out coming up and seeing the elk increasing our fall business and winter business."

Jason Mullins says this year's visitors are already planning their return. "When they leave they say they'll be back."

State Park officials say the $50 weeknight coupons are still available online and valid through the end of December.

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  • by Jimmy on Nov 10, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    Sure wish Carr Fork lake had new management, the current one is like 75 years old and does NOT understand campers and their needs.


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