National forests saw large crowds over Fourth of July weekend, St. Louis Public Radio reports.
Though forest staff are still working from home, campgrounds opened to visitors in mid to late June.
Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla is among those experiencing a surge in visitors. Chris Woods, a recreation officer at Mark Twain, said the forest was seeing a lot of first-time visitors.
Woods said the forests are attractive destinations now because social distancing is easy, and many other activities have been canceled.
Recreation officers hope that attendance remains high, even after the pandemic is over.