3:40pm

Fri July 5, 2013
Recreation

State parks largely open for busy holiday weekend

While the heavy rains in central and northern New York caused flooding last week, the region's state parks, for the most part, are up and running.

That's good news with the busy Independence Day holiday weekend upon us.

While a handful of state parks in central New York were forced to close their gates last week when heavy rains caused flooding, state parks office spokesman Randy Simons says all but one site has reopened.

The site that's still closed is the boat launch on Canadarago Lake in Otsego County.

"That’s still closed at this time due to extremely high water," he says. "But the great news, at least for the central region, [is] Gilbert Lake, Glimmerglass, Chenango Valley State Park golf course - all previously closed, they are now reopened."

And despite the near constant stream of rainy days, Simons says attendance at the parks is surpassing last year's totals.

"We are actually, statewide, 13,000 people up from last year. We just hit the 800,000 mark, just yesterday alone," he reported.

Simons says no treacherous conditions on hiking trails have been reported, but they are likely wet and muddy.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is warning hikers heading into the Adirondack Mountains that streams are fast moving and trails are muddy.

Hikers should be cautious walking near water, a spokesman warned, but there are no major closures reported.

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