YOUNGSTOWN – The yurts are coming to Four Mile Creek State Park.
The domed-roof structures, with windows, wood floors and fabric walls, similar to those used traditionally by nomads in Central Asia, are being installed for use by campers.
Outfitted with six cots and mattresses, a refrigerator and a microwave oven, they will be introduced at open house sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The yurts will be for rent beginning Monday at www.nysparks.com. Rates are $310 per week or $77.50 per day. Yurts at Evangola State Park in the Town of Evans and Golden Hill State Park in Barker will be available next season.
“Not everyone has all the equipment to enjoy tent camping or may not want to travel with that much gear, but they still are seeking a rustic experience,” says Rose Harvey, state parks, recreation and historic preservation commissioner. “Yurts are a great way for people to have that option.”