Our thought and prayers are certainly with our friends on the East Coast as they recover from Sandy’s historic devastation.

An official with the state parks of Long Island commented that the superstorm wrought more havoc than he had seen in his 30 years of service. In the greater New York City region, Jones Beach State Park and Robert Moses State Park received substantial widespread damage including upheavals of boardwalks and a collapsed road.

Rocky State Park in Connecticut lost yards of beach sand, a 7-foot dune and 120 feet of boardwalk. While 10 state parks in Connecticut have reopened, others will remain closed until the damages are assessed.

The destruction was not confined to the major metro areas along the East Coast but also included national parks further inland, which sustained significant damage from strong winds and tidal surges, along with rain and snow. Hundreds of trees were down at Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey, and the Gateway National Recreation Area in New York sustained heavy damage.

Many other areas felt the wrath of this powerful storm. Campers desiring to visit parks in the Northeast should check first to make sure they are open. Check out Access Camping website regularly for updates.