Mount Magazine State Park is expecting a lot of visitors over the long holiday weekend, which begins Friday. According to park Superintendent Becky Bariola, The Lodge at Mount Magazine, the 13 guest cabins and the campground will be completely book for the holiday weekend.

Labor Day, the traditional end-of-summer holiday, will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 4.

Mount Magazine State Park is expecting a lot of visitors over the long holiday weekend, which begins Friday. According to park Superintendent Becky Bariola, The Lodge at Mount Magazine, the 13 guest cabins and the campground will be completely book for the holiday weekend.

“We’re 93 percent booked right now for that Friday through Sunday,” Bariola said last week. “The campsites are completely full. The lodge and the guest cabins will be full for the holiday.”

While no clear estimates are available for travelers on the road, there are indicators, according to AARP Travel. AAA, which releases holiday travel forecasts several times a year, predicted 39.3 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more away from home over Memorial Day weekend. We could see a similar pattern over Labor Day weekend, as low gas prices likely will influence travel decisions. Even though the average cost of a gallon of regular gas is up 16 cents over last year, drivers still are paying only about $2.34 per gallon. In 2008, gas cost $4.11 per gallon

Rainy weather, of which there has been a lot in August locally, could be a problem for travelers Saturday and Sunday. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain both days. Monday, though, should be nice. There’ll be a 20 percent chance of rain with highs in the middle 80s.

Bariola said the park has a full schedule of activities this weekend and Monday. For more information, visit www.mountmagazinestatepark.com or call 963-8502.