This topic has probably been discussed before. I'm new and would like to see if anyone else out there is seeing the same thing as I am, or am I nuts.
I have pretty much given up trying to stay in any of our state parks. The reservation system seems to demand that you get up early, a specifiied number of weeks ahead of your planned trip and wait on the phone line. Maybe, you'll get lucky.
I have even read that some reservers claim multiple spots although they have no immediate plan for those spots. In this case they were offering them to anyone who would pay for them at another web site. Is scalping campground reservations illegal?
If you are to show up at a campground the park almost always has a "campground full" sign. If you look around there are multiple empty spots and they stay that way for days. Just last week I counted 14 empthy sites at the Half Moon Bay State Park. The "Campground Full" sign was out. Shurely they couldn't all be motorhomes off wandering around the country until nightfall.
Here's what I think might be happening. Lots of spots are being reserved and not used. For what ever reason these spots are being paid for but no one shows up. They are so cheap that many times the reservist neglects canceling when they detirmine that they are not going to go on the trip.
I feel that this is a serious problem that needs attention. Anybody else have an opinion or observation?