Host a Public Campout

Public Campouts

Select your state to see if there are public campouts near you!

If you don't see your area listed below, host your own public campout!

The list below will allow you to search for public events in your area.  If you don’t see the event you are looking for, check back soon as more events are added regularly.

Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Thunderbird Youth Campground
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Saturday 6/24 1:00PM-11:00AM

Join the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County for a family campout! Bring your tent and gear for a family-fun campout with picnic games, archery, a scavenger hunt, evening nature programs, a guided night hike and an egg-drop contest. Campfire dinner, s'mores and continental breakfast included. All ages; under 18 with an adult.

  • $15 per person
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Jennifer Rydzewski
630-850-8110
jrydzewski@dupageforest.org

Finchville Park
5311 Taylorsville Road
Finchville, KY 40022

Saturday 6/24 4:30PM-8:00AM

Get ready to camp out at Finchville Park this summer. Please bring all camping supplies and we will provide dinner and breakfast for our campers.

  • $25 per site (2 tent max per site)
  • Pre-registration is required by June 21, please call to register

Contact Info:
Ashley Coulter
502-633-5059
acoulter@shelbycountyparks.com

Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Saturday 6/24 10:00AM-10:00AM

Staff will guide campers from tent up to tent down, featuring environmentally friendly camping practices, day and night hikes, animal programs, 2 group meals, an evening campfire, stargazing, and family time.

  • $40 per campsite
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Beth Mays
301-627-6074
Beth.Mays@pgparks.com

Dark Star Wildlife Center
18743 County Road 12
Pengilly, MN 55775

Saturday 6/24 2:00PM-9:30AM

Pack up your tent, sleeping bags and flashlight for a night of camping! We will have hot dogs, chips and s’mores for supper and provide breakfast in the morning. Activities include a bonfire, nature walk, star gazing, campfire stories and an animals of the night presentation.

  • Walk ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Jody Benolken
218-256-3832
darkstarwildlife@gmail.com


Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Friday 7/7 6:30PM-9:30AM

Join the Zoo to learn new camping skills (like setting up a tent or having a safe campfire), play games, and learn about MN wildlife. Fee includes dinner, breakfast, a tent and sleeping mat to use, T-shirt, Zoo admission + parking.

  • $47 per person Zoo members/$55 per person non-members
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Liz Dengate
952-431-9363
liz.e.dengate@state.mn.us

Moon Valley Park
500 Chestnut Circle
Raymore, MO 64083

Saturday 6/24 3:00PM-10:00AM

Join Raymore Parks and Recreation for a campout at Moon Valley Park! We will offer meals and campfire fun for the whole family.

  • $12 per person ages 5 and up
  • Pre-registration is required by June 16, please register here

Contact Info:
Jerri Lynn Keith
816-322-2791
jkeith@raymore.com


Engler Park
651 Vargo Road
Farmington, MO 63640

Saturday 6/24 6:00PM-8:00AM

This is an opportunity to get outdoors and spend the night in beautiful Engler Park and celebrate nature! Fee includes hot dog dinner and s’mores.

Contact Info:
Dustin Unger
573-756-0900
dunger@farmington-mo.gov

Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Road
Raleigh, NC 27614

Friday 6/23 6:00PM-11:00AM

Families gather for an overnight experience complete with a naturalist-led night hike, a light Dutch oven dinner, s'mores for the kids, breakfast and time for fishing and boating in the morning. Your gear will be hauled by vehicle to the primitive, lakeside campsite that we will call home for the night!

  • $20 per adult/$15 per youth
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Hannah Lee
919-870-2871
Hannah.Lee@raleighnc.gov


Lake Julian Park
406 Overlook Extension
Arden, NC 28704

Saturday 6/24 4:00PM-10:00AM

Join us at Lake Julian Park for camping under the stars. Enjoy outdoor activities and dinner will be provided.

  • Pre-registration is required by June 16, please call to register

Contact Info:
Lynn Pegg
828-250-6707
lynn.pegg@buncombecounty.org

Keister Park
1136 Pouts Hill Road
Strasburg, VA 22657

Saturday 6/24 11:00AM-12:00PM

Join us as we host our first ever Great American Park Campout! Come set up your tent early, then go float the Shenandoah River. Bring a telescope, float tubes, kayaks, sleeping bags and coolers! You are going to love this park!

  • $25 per tent site
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Jered Hoover
540-459-6777
jhoover@shenandoahcountyva.us


Franklin Park
17501 Franklin Park Drive
Purcellville, VA 20132

Saturday 6/24 4:00PM-11:00AM

Join us to celebrate as we share songs, stories, games, activities and food before camping out in the park. Registration fee includes campsite, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and fun activities throughout the evening. You must provide your own tent, sleeping bag and personal camping equipment.

Contact Info:
Julie Edmond
540-338-7603
Julie.Edmond@gmail.com

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