SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) – Cash-strapped Americans looking for a cheap getaway at a state park or campground might be thwarted this summer.

The head of a national group of state parks directors says parks and historic sites have had to cut back because of budgets stressed by the recession.

Philip McKnelly of the National Association of State Parks Directors says Americans may find reduced hours, higher fees, and closed beaches and pools.

McKnelly is former director of the North Carolina state parks system.

In New York, nearly half of the more than 200 state-run parks and historic sites will see some reduction in services.

Other states facing cuts include California, Georgia and Illinois.

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