Outdoor recreation is a thriving business here in western Massachusetts, adding many jobs and dollars to the economy.

Business has never been better at the Prospect Mountain Campground in the western Hampden County town of Granville. The Outdoor Industry Association estimates that nearly 60% of Massachusetts residents will take part in summer outdoor recreation.

Charity Baldwin and her daughters spent time at Prospect Mountain three times this summer.

“It’s fun, but it’s also peaceful and quiet. So, you have a little bit of both,” Baldwin said.

Other campers have traveled longer distances to spend time enjoying the outdoors in western Massachusetts. Stephanie Ely has come all the way from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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