Nearly one-third of all active camping households (15.4 million) camped in August, and still another 10.6 million (25%) plan to get out to camp in September, according to KOA’s September Research Report.
The report also mentioned that new campers continue to grow in 2021 with 5.8 million trying camping for the first time since the beginning of the year.
Meanwhile, cancellation of trips due to COVID has remained steady the past few months, but with the uptick of the Delta variant, they have climbed from 20% last month to 24%.
The year-end forecasts are holding steady at 54.5 million camping households, and fall camping is looking strong as 25 million campers hope to go “Leaf Peeping” in the upcoming months.
According to the report, the top locations for fall camping this year are national park campgrounds and state campgrounds comprising 71% of campers preferring these locations. This is followed by privately-owned campgrounds that make up 57% and backcountry, national forest, or wilderness areas that cover 58%.
The top ten states for September camping include California, followed by New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Washington, and Michigan.
Following the release of KOA’s Annual North American Camping Report in the spring of 2021, KOA has continued to track camping incidence and behavior of ALL CAMPERS throughout the US and Canada monthly. This special report evaluates the camping market from both a look back at previous months as well as a look forward to show the trends for how the market continues to evolve. You can find each monthly camping report on koapressroom.com.