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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.

Mt Lemmon
Mt Lemmon Hwy
Tucson, AZ 85619

Sunday 9/30 6:00PM-6:00AM

Join us at Mt Lemmon for camping 9,000 feet from the desert floor! Enjoy trails during the day and stargazing at night. Prices and amenities vary based on campground.

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Alison Torba

Lower White River Museum State Park
2009 Main Street
Des Arc, AR 72040

Saturday 6/23 2:00PM

Build your outdoor living skills and learn to make natural insect repellent from American beautyberry, a native plant. Celebrate Great Outdoors Month activities and reserve your campsite for the night at

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Lower White River Museum Park

Point Bonita YMCA
981 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965

Saturday 6/16 12:30PM-10:30AM

Each year we host this event to explore and celebrate our National Park through games, hikes, a Golden Gate National Recreation Area park ranger-led campfire, and good food!

No camping gear of your own? No problem! Let us know what you need, we have it.

Contact Info:
Sean Dries

Marsh Creek Elementary
601 Grant Street
Brentwood, CA 94513

Saturday 6/23 10:00AM-9:00AM

Bring your tent and family to enjoy a night under the stars in your own hometown complete with outdoor activities, hot dog dinner, a movie, and pancake breakfast all FREE!

Contact Info:
Laura Young

Marna O'Brien Park
20505 Palomar Street
Wildomar, CA 92595

Saturday 6/23 4:30PM-9:00AM

The City of Wildomar invites you to the 5th annual Camp Out in the Park! Enjoy games, activities a movie and s’mores!

  • $5 per 12x12 space
  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Bridgette Moore

Horsethief Canyon Park
301 Horsethief Canyon Road
San Dimas, CA 91773

Friday 7/20 6:30PM-10:00AM

Bring your tent and an appetite for fun in the outdoors! Create memories with your family and friends as you set-up your campsite. Then there will be plenty of games, activities and family time before you explore the nights sky. If you are having too much fun to sleep, stay up for a movie under the stars.

  • $12 per person
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Dominique Borba

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

Saturday 6/23 3:30PM-9:30AM

You won't want to miss the fun & games on the Green, BBQ dinner, night hike, and campfire complete with S'mores. In the morning, enjoy a light breakfast. Just bring your own tents & camping gear, we'll provide the rest.

  • $85 per family for members/$110 per family for non-members
  • Pre-registration is required by June 21, please register here

Contact Info:
Michelle Hips
203-966-9577 ext. 1042

Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

Saturday 8/18 7:00PM-8:00AM

Join us for art making, moonlit sculpture tours, and bedtime stories. Bring your tent for camping under the stars, and greet the sun with early-bird yoga.

Contact Info:
Amelia Wiggins

Outdoor Activity Center
1442 Richland Road SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-11:00AM

Join us for the 8th Annual Great American Campout. Come out and enjoy food, fun, fellowship, and a night of family camping under the stars. This event is especially geared for first time campers and you will learn how to set up tents, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, take a night hike and nocturnal insect experience!

  • Fees vary by number of campers, check out registration site for details
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Leslie Johnson

Central Park
Orchard & Lakewood
Park Forest, IL 60466

Friday 6/22 4:00PM-12:00PM

Join the Park Forest Recreation & Parks Advisory Board and Recreation & Parks Department with an overnight campout in Park Forest's beautiful Central Park. Saturday activities include a nature craft with the Thorn Creek Naturalist as well as practicing useful skills such as camping first aid, useful camping knots and rope work with Fire Chief Natyshok and Park Forest Paramedics and compass and map reading skills with Recreation & Parks staff.

Contact Info:
Robert Gunther

Green Valley Forest Preserve
Youth-Group Campground on Thunderbird Rd
Naperville, IL 60565

Saturday 6/23 1:00PM-11:00AM

Bring your tent and gear to a family-fun campout that's part of the National Wildlife Federation's nationwide event! Enjoy 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.

  • $20 per person
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Jennifer Rydzewski

Sugar Grove Nature Center
4532 N 725 East Road
McLean, IL 61754

Saturday 6/23 1:00PM-10:00AM

After a year on hiatus, we are excited to bring back the Great American Campout! Enjoy crafts, take a hike, play in the creek, explore, or just relax! Dinner, s'mores, snacks, and light breakfast included.

  • $12 per person (members) or $15 per person (non-members)
  • Pre-registration is required by June 16, please register here

Contact Info:
Jill Wallace

Watseka Park District Soccer Fields
Grant Street by Adm. Center
Watseka, IL 60970

Saturday 6/23 6:00PM-7:00AM

Join us for our overnite mini-vacation under the stars. We will have hot dogs and burgers along with s’mores for an evening snack. Games and activities and breakfast included.

  • $20 per family
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Sherry Johnson

Prairie Park
700 W. Taylor Street
DeKalb, IL 60115

Saturday 6/23 1:00PM-8:00AM

Join us on a Great American Campout! Spend the night in the great outdoors with your family enjoying the nature of your own town. Check-in at Lion's Park parking lot for short hike to the campground, snack, dinner, and breakfast and activities are included.

  • $8 resident/$10 non-resident
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Amy Doll

Peck Farm Park
4038 Kaneville Road
Geneva, IL 60134

Saturday 6/23 4:00PM-8:00PM

Come pitch a tent, make a sit-upon, cook dinner and s'mores over a campfire, take a hike, and sing camp songs. A fun educational program to expose families to the joy of camping outside.

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Kim Bohannon

Parkview Family YMCA
10001 Dawson's Creek Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-10:00AM

Join other YMCA members as we Camp Out on our Parkview YMCA lawn. Participate in scavenger hunts, yoga, fishing, outdoor movie and s'mores! Families provide their own tents and food. Registration for the event begins May 14th. Free Member Only Event.

Contact Info:
Mellissa Depew

Ellis Park
600 E Main Street
Danville, IN 46122

Friday 8/10 6:00PM-12:00PM

Enjoy a night of camping in Ellis Park. Games, campfires, hot dogs, s'mores, campfire stories and an outdoor movie highlight this night.

Contact Info:
Nate Phipps
317-745-4180 ext 5202

Mill Race Park
50 Carl Miske Drive
Columbus, IN 47201

Saturday 9/8 2:00PM-10:00AM

We invite you and your family to our first annual family campout event at Mill Race Park! Join us for an overnight camping trip intended to provide your family with a chance to participate in a number of different activities, experience nature, unplug, and create lifelong memories!

Contact Info:
Nikki Murphy

McCloud Nature Park
8518 Hughes Road
North Salem, IN 46165

Saturday 9/22 2:00PM-11:00AM

Get a taste of the wilderness without traveling too far from home. For one night only, families can enjoy rustic overnight camping at McCloud Nature Park! Pack your tent, camping gear, sleeping bags, and something to cook over the fire for dinner, and we’ll provide a campsite (including campfire), s’mores, a continental breakfast, and 232 acres of natural wonders for your family to explore!

Contact Info:
Sarah Wolf

West Des Moines City Hall Campus
4200 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Friday 6/22 7:00PM-10:00AM

Pack up your tents, sleeping bags and flashlights for a fun night of camping! Activities will include nature walks at Southwoods Park, campfire stories, s'mores, a movie on the big screen, fishing, crafts and games.

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Allison Ullestad

Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation
5320 Normandy Drive
Fort Riley, KS 66442

Friday 6/22 5:30PM-5:00PM

Spend the night under the stars, then join Ft. Riley ODR for a fun-filled-free event Saturday - disk golf, foot golf, climbing wall, and more!

  • You must have a pass/military ID to access Ft. Riley, you may pre-reigster for base access here
  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Travis Engle

Shawnee Mission Park
7710 Renner Rd
Shawnee, KS 66219

Saturday 6/16 2:00PM-10:00AM

What could be more fun than a family campout? Whether you are an experienced camper or just looking for an activity to share with your family and friends, this is your opportunity to sleep under the stars. Campers will receive passes for a Pedal Boat Rental, admission to the Beach, and tickets to a great on-stage production of The Little Mermaid at The Theatre in the Park.

  • $30 for a family of 4 or $10 per person
  • Walk-ins are welcome, please register here

Contact Info:
Rob Knaussman

Jefferson Memorial Forest
12034 Holsclaw Hill Road
Brooks, KY 40109

Saturday 6/23 5:00PM-10:00AM

SSpend the night under the stars at Jefferson Memorial Forest! $25 per family of 4 and $5 per additional family member. Tents available at $15 per platform tent.

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 502-368-5404 to register

Contact Info:
David Grissom

Lost River Cave
2818 Nashville Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Saturday 10/20 4:00PM-10:00AM

Leaves might be falling but tents are rising! Join Lost River Cave for the 2018 Great American Campout as we enjoy the beautiful fall weather under the stars.

  • $30 per group up to 5/scout troops are $8 per camper
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Annie Holt

Mid Atlantic Youth Sportsplex
6605 Morris Road
Pittsville, MD 21850

Saturday 6/23 11:00AM-10:00AM

Come and campout at the Mays! Bring your own tent or rent a cabin and enjoying fishing and a bonfire near the pond. Spots are limited!

Contact Info:
Paige Hurley

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

Saturday 6/23 10:00AM-10:00AM

Designed for first time campers, park naturalists will guide participants from tent up to tent down. The campout teaches environmentally friendly camping practices while providing activities such as day and night hikes, animal programs, two meals, campfires, s'mores, stargazing, and family time.

  • $12 per camper
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Beth Mays

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
1361 Wrighton Road
Lothian, MD 20711

Saturday 6/23 6:00PM-10:00AM

Spend the night under the stars! We'll start with a potluck campfire cookout, explore the night with a sensory hike, then share stories and s'mores around the fire. In the morning we'll serve a light breakfast. Please bring your own camping gear and a side dish and drink to share for dinner.

  • $40 per family/$15 per individual
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here use activity #12857 for families and #12855 for individuals

Contact Info:
Debra Gage

Point Lookout State Park
11175 Point Lookout Road
Scotland, MD 20687

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-11:00AM

Join Point Lookout in celebrating the Great American Campout! Participants can learn how to pitch a tent, cook a campfire meal, make s’mores and more! This day will include plenty of family-friendly fun activities, including a visit to the Nature Center and Civil War Museum, and a canoe paddle around Lake Conoy. No previous camping experience is necessary, only a thirst for adventure and a passion for the outdoors.

  • $10 per campsite
  • Pre-registration is required, please call 301-872-5688 to register

Contact Info:
Taylor Lundstrom

Fair Hill NRMA
300 Tawes Drive
Elkton, MD 21921

Saturday 6/23 2:00PM-9:00AM

Camp over night at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area! Enjoy hiking, nature programs, star gazing and campfire fun.

  • $10 per family
  • Pre-registration is required, please call 410-398-1246 to register

Contact Info:
Katlin Drussel

Fay Park
22 Foster St
Littleton, MA 01460

Saturday 6/23 4:00PM-10:00AM

Join us for a family-friendly Campout featuring games, crafts, campfire, s’mores, hay rides, DJ, storyteller, movie in the park, dinner, and breakfast! Whether you are an experienced camper or just looking for an activity to share with your family and friends, this is your opportunity to sleep under the stars in the safety of one of our beautiful parks! Register early before this event sells out, limited space available!

Contact Info:
Tim Michalski

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
293 Moose Hill Parkway
Sharon, MA 02067

Saturday 8/25 6:00PM-9:00AM

Join us for a night of camping under the stars. Bring your own tent, picnic dinner, breakfast food, and enjoy a night under the stars. Moose Hill will provide the S’more makings and dinner/breakfast beverages. A great adventure for novice campers!

  • $40 per family for members/$50 for non-members
  • Pre-registration is required

Contact Info:
Karen Stein

Ramona Park
8600 South Sprinkle Rd
Portage, MI 49002

Saturday 6/23 5:00PM-10:00AM

Campfire dinner, bonfire breakfast, s'mores, and snacks, including Ants on a Log and Ladybug Leaf are all included. Swim on the beach, go on ranger led hikes, and enjoy a movie under the stars!

  • $50 per campsite and includes all activities
  • Pre-registration is required by June 10, please register here

Contact Info:
Staci Salisbury

Leslie Science & Nature Center
1831 Traver Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Saturday 8/11 3:00PM-10:00AM

Pitch your tent with our resident raptors and critters! Participate in nature-based programs, hikes, campfires, and much more at our seventh annual campout event.

  • $55 per family
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Brea Haywood

Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Saturday 6/23 6:30PM-9:00AM

For one extraordinary night this summer, come out to the Minnesota Zoo to learn new camping skills (i.e. pitching a tent and lighting a campfire safely), play games as a family, and learn about Minnesota wildlife in an evening packed with activity.

Contact Info:
Kristie Nord

Traveler's Rest State Park
6717 Highway 12 West
Lolo, MT 59847

Saturday 6/9 1:00PM-11:00AM

This is a great way to learn how to camp with children. We provide dinner on Saturday and continental breakfast on Sunday and tents are available to borrow. Free event for families and groups!

Contact Info:
Molly Stockdale

Jellystone Park Missoula
9900 Jellystone Drive
Missoula, MT 59808

Thursday 8/9 5:30PM-8:30PM

The National Wildlife Federation and Ranger Rick are joining the team at Jellystone Park™ in Missoula for a free evening of family friendly activities including ice cream, guided nature walks, wildlife themed crafts, games, camping tips, and more. Many of the evening’s activities will focus on helping local wildlife including bison, bighorns, and beaver.

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Josh Falk

Ponca State Park
88090 Spur 26 E
Ponca, NE 68770

Friday 8/3-Sunday 8/5

The Becoming an Outdoors Family Campout program is for families who are new to camping and the outdoors. With the expert guidance of our instructors, we will teach you how to fish, camp, kayak, and cook outdoors, in a relaxed and safe environment. Camp is 2 days and will include fishing, kayaking, shooting skills, hiking, swimming and nature activities.

Contact Info:
Christy Christiansen

Riverside Nature Center
N Browning Pkwy
Farmington, NM 87402

Friday 9/21 5:00PM-9:00AM

Bring your family and your tent and get ready for a special night around the campfire creating memories that will last a lifetime. Ticket price includes a weenie roast, continental breakfast, a picture and an evening of games and activities.

Contact Info:
Natalie Spruell

Stoney Creek Environmental Park
455 W Washington Street
Nashville, NC 27856

Friday 6/15 6:30PM-9:00AM

Join us on Friday, June 15 through the night at Stoney Creek Environmental Park for the Great American Backyard Campout. The event is a FREE family event and families must camp in family tents.

Contact Info:
Chris Taylor

Lake Julian Park
67 Haywood Street
Arden, NC 28704

Saturday 6/23 4:00PM-8:30AM

Looking for an outdoor family getaway but pressed for time? Join Buncombe County Recreation Services for a quick nature escape and celebrate the Great American Campout.

  • $20 per campsite
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Josh O'Conner

Metroparks Toledo
Providence Metropark
13827 S. River Rd.
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Saturday 6/23 4:00PM-10:00AM

Come enjoy beautiful Providence Metropark and the unique chance to campout at the park. Boating and fishing are available with your own supplies and equipment. A nature hike will be provided in the evening as well as making some s'mores. Bring your own camping equipment and any food you may want. Please list all participants when registering.

Contact Info:
Kim Kaseman

Grins & Pickin's CampFarm
1 County Road 170
Marengo, OH 43334

Friday 6/22 6:00PM-3:00PM

We are celebrating with kid friendly activities all weekend starting Friday, June 22 thru Sunday, June 24.

  • $12 per carload per night
  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Christy Harvey

Possum Creek MetroPark
4790 Frytown Road
Dayton, OH 45417

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-10:00AM

Pack the tent and the family, we'll provide the campfire, hotdogs and s'mores.

  • $25 per family of 5
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Angie Sheldon

Great American Ball Park
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Saturday 9/29 3:00PM-7:00AM

The Cincinnati Reds are excited to welcome the scouts, their friends, & families to the 2018 Scout Campout! Campout Packages include your game ticket, post-game meal, movie, post-game activities on the field and in the Kroger Fan Zone, and of course the exclusive overnight campout on the field with breakfast the following morning.

  • $30 per person for Game and Campout
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Carmen Alberini

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97202

Friday 6/22 5:30PM-9:30AM

Pitch your tent on the concert lawn and spend the night at the Oregon Zoo. Explore the theme Planting the Seeds of Conservation with family friendly activities centered around making a difference both locally and globally. Cost includes dinner, snacks, a campfire with s'mores and a continental breakfast.

Contact Info:
Tracy Modde

Wallace M. Ruff Jr. Memorial Park
Wallace M. Ruff Jr. Memorial Park 66th
Springfield, OR 97478

Saturday 7/21 3:00PM-10:00AM

Appreciate the great outdoors while sleeping under the stars at Ruff Park. Activities include arts and crafts, field games, around the fire songs and stories, stargazing and a morning stretch. Enjoy dinner around the fire and a continental breakfast after a night of fun.

  • $35-$42 per family
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Jamie Velazquez

Douglas Gardens Park
3455 Redwood Dr. S
Springfield, OR 97478

Saturday 8/25 3:00PM-10:00AM

Appreciate the great outdoors while sleeping under the stars at Douglas Gardens Park. Activities include arts and crafts, field games, around the fire songs and stories, stargazing and a morning stretch. Enjoy dinner around the fire and a continental breakfast after a night of fun.

  • $35-$42 per family
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Jamie Velazquez

The Willows Park
490 Darby Paoli Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Saturday 6/16 1:00PM-9:00AM

A free, family-fun event designed for novice and beginner campers. Bring own camping supplies and tent so you can learn how to pitch a tent, set up your campsite and start a campfire! Campers must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact Info:
Recreation & Community Programming Department

Temple University Ambler
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

Saturday 7/21 2:00PM-10:00AM

DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER, THE GREAT AMERICAN CAMPOUT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JULY 21 AND 22, 2018 AT THE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AMBLER CAMPUS. Temple University Ambler is excited to host a campout for new and experienced campers. Spend the night tent camping, go on nature walks, and enjoy s’mores by the campfire. We look forward to helping people connect with nature and exposing them to the wonder of Temple University Ambler and The Ambler ArboretumTemple University Ambler is excited to host a campout for new and experienced campers. Spend the night tent camping, go on nature walks, and enjoy s’mores by the campfire. We look forward to helping people connect with nature and exposing them to the wonder of Temple University Ambler and The Ambler Arboretum.

  • Discount Codes available for Ambler Arboretum Members and event volunteers. Contact for more information.
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
James Duffy

Cacoosing Meadows Park
1049 Reedy Road
Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Saturday 6/23 5:00PM-9:00AM

Bring the whole family to join us for a night under the stars and around the campfire for marshmallows, a movie and family memories. Light Continental Campers' Breakfast included!

  • Pre-registration is required, please call to register

Contact Info:
Judy Houck

The Schuylkill Center
4840 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-11:30AM

Spend the night under the stars. Go hiking in the forest and tell stories around the campfire. We’ll wake up Sunday morning to breakfast and canoeing (picnic dinner and breakfast included).

  • $32 per member/$40 non-members
  • Pre-registration is required, please call 215-782-4300 x 137 to register

Contact Info:
Jakob Gelleri
215-782-4300 ext 140

Tenley Park
Tenley Lane
Everett, PA 15537

Saturday 6/23 5:00PM-11:30AM

Bring camping supplies and campfire foods and enjoy a night in nature. Drawing for campers with some great prizes from REI!

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Teresa Burd

Camp Anderson
1357 VanScoyoc Hollow Rd
Tyrone, PA 16686

Saturday 7/28 7:00AM-1:00PM

First come, first served camping event. Bring your tent and cooking equipment and enjoy Saturday night entertainment($25 nonrefundable deposit).

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Mike Yeaton

Union Township Veterans Memorial Park
Brownsville Road
Finleyville, PA 15332

Saturday 9/22 5:00PM-10:00AM

Bring your own camping gear to this free event! Hotdogs and s’mores and a light breakfast on Sunday will be provided.

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 724-348-4250 or email to register

Contact Info:
Nicole Dooley

Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-10:00AM

Bring your family for a night of fun out under the stars on the Anne Springs Close Greenway. We'll have fun activities for all ages! Activities will include a guided family-friendly hike, Night Explorations hike, kayaking and more!

  • Pre-registration is required by 6/15

Contact Info:
Mina McLean MacDonald

Chester Frost Park
7989 Causeway Road
Hixson, TN 37343

Saturday 6/23 12:00PM-10:00AM

Family Camping 101 for new campers at Chester Frost Park!

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 423-209-6892 for more info

Contact Info:
Maureen Davis

Old Settlers Park
3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

Friday 9/21 3:30PM-9:00AM

Come spend the night in Old Settlers Park! You’ll pop your tent around the Lakeview Pavilion, eat dinner, have fun, play games, sit around the campfire eating s’mores, watch a movie in the park and then off to sleep under the stars. Wake up with the sunrise and enjoy breakfast before heading on your way to enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  • $10 registration fee through 9/20, increase to $15 on 9/21
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Kelly Gaydos

Trailside Park
5715 Trailside Drive
Park City, UT 84098

Saturday 6/23 7:00PM-8:00AM

Join Basin Recreation for our annual Backyard Campout Night. This Backyard Campout night is run in conjunction with a Movie in the Park –movie will be Ferdinand.

Contact Info:
Sam Schwoebel

Hillandale Park
801 Hillandale Ave
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Saturday 6/23 4:00PM-9:00AM

The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation will join thousands of families across the nation gathering in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities, and parks on June 23, 2018 to enjoy a simple night of camping.

Contact Info:
Erik Dart

High Bridge State Park
6888 Green Bay Road
Green Bay, VA 23942

Friday 6/22 6:00PM-8:00PM

Have you ever wanted to campout on, not at, but ON High Bridge? This is your chance. High Bridge Trail will open the bridge to kids and their families for camping on this special weekend evening. Several programs will take place such as campfire tales and a hike.

  • Pre-registration is recommended, please call park office to register 1-800-933-PARK

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Bear Creek Lake State Park
22 Bear Creek Lake Road
Cumberland, VA 23040

Saturday 6/23 8:00AM-7:30PM

Enjoy a variety of programs to enhance your camping experience, be it your first overnight or a return trip. Basic Archery, survival outdoor skills and campfire camping program are just a few activities included.

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Belle Isle State Park
1632 Belle Isle Road
Lancaster, VA 22503

Saturday 6/23 11:00AM-9:00PM

Whether you're a seasoned camper or are looking for a fun new pastime for your family, the Great American Campout at Belle Isle State Park is the perfect place to be. Activities include crafts, games and a night hike.

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Caledon State Park
11617 Caledon Road
King George, VA 22485

Saturday 6/23 12:00PM-12:00PM

Join the Caledon staff as we engage in the best American pastime: camping. Bring your family and a tent as we will be learning how to have a blast while in the comfort of nature. Dinner over the fire and a continental breakfast will be provided the following morning. Caledon is introducing a special citizen-science element to our already wonderful Campout: a BioBlitz.

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 540-663-3861 to register

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Claytor Lake State Park
6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive
Dublin, VA 24084

Saturday 6/23 10:00AM-9:00PM

New to Camping? Experience a day full of camping, outdoor skills, and survival educational programs.

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Chippokes Plantation State Park
695 Chippokes Park Road
Surry, VA 23883

Saturday 6/23 9:00AM-9:00PM

Summer is here, the kids are out of school, what do you do now? Go camping of course. Chippokes will be offering the following interpretive programs to celebrate the event- fishing, fossil walk and Chippokes under the stars.

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Douthat State Park
14239 Douthat State Park Road
Millboro, VA 24460

Saturday 6/23 11:00AM-9:00PM

Join us for geocaching, wildlife survival games, identifying wildlife track and s’mores around the campfire.

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False Cape State Park
4001 Sandpiper Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Saturday 6/23 9:00AM-1:00PM

Ever wanted to experience primitive camping? Not sure you know what to bring? Is it for you? Well, here is your chance to learn what it takes to become a primitive camper, but with some help. Reserve your space and learn valuable tips on backpack camping, the newest and greatest gear, how to plan a trip, and being prepared. Then take all your newly learned knowledge and plan your next adventure.

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First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Saturday 6/23 10:00AM-9:30PM

Reserve a campsite and then join in some of the exciting activities in our park. Even if you aren't camping with us or setting up in your backyard, you can still come to our programs for a full weekend of adventure. Do you want to explore on your own? We also have Park Packs you can check-out at the Trail Center. These themed backpacks have everything you need to get started exploring the outdoors, including binoculars, birdsong players, nets, magnifiers, and field guides.

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Fairy Stone State Park
967 Fairystone Lake Drive
Stuart, VA 24171

Saturday 6/23 6:00PM-8:30PM

For this event we are going to focus some programming on campfire related activities, because what is more universal to camping out than a campfire? We hope you will join our interpretive staff and enjoy the programming. Please keep in mind that we do have regular campsites, group campsites, horse campsites, and cabins available to rent to facilitate your Great American Campout Experience.

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Grayson Highlands State Park
829 Grayson Highland Lane
Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363

Saturday 6/23 1:30PM-10:30PM

All are welcome at Grayson Highlands' Great American Campout, an all-night experience full of special events. Camp for free in our Picnic Area and for first-timers who do not own gear, we have a limited number of tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads which we are happy to share, for free.

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Holliday Lake State Park
2759 State Park Road
Appomattox, VA 24522

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-4:30PM

Sleeping outside using a shelter is not by any means a recent invention. Modern camping is just a continuation of an ancient activity before we had permanent homes. The Great American Campout celebrates our camping history by encouraging everyone to participate in that time-honored tradition this weekend. We will have various types of camping equipment set up near the white beach tent and will be demonstrating outdoor skills like knot tying and fire building.

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Hungry Mother State Park
2854 Park Blvd
Marion, VA 24354

Saturday 6/23 1:00PM-3:00PM

Campout with America at Hungry Mother State Park. Hike our 18 miles of trails and enjoy our welcome campfire to make a s’more and memories. Afterwards, enjoy a free night of group camping. Everyone welcome, even beginners. You must have your own camping supplies, food, and drinks.

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 276-781-7415 to register

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James River State Park
104 Green Hill Drive
Gladstone, VA 24553

Saturday 6/23 6:00PM-8:00PM

If you have been interested in learning about this wonderful pastime, then today is your day to try. We will have park staff and volunteers available to answer your questions. We have set aside some campsites for those who wish to try their hand at camping with us. After dark, we will have a campfire, roast marshmallows, and tell stories.

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 434-933-4355 to register

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Kiptopeke State Park
3540 Kiptopeke Drive
Cape Charles, VA 23310

Saturday 6/23 7:30PM-9:30PM

Bring your family, friends, and community groups out to Kiptopeke for the Great American Campout. We have individual campsites, RV sites, group sites, a yurt, bunkhouse, cabins, and lodges available to meet your camping comfort level. After a day of interpretive programs throughout the Park, join us around the campfire for an evening of games, tasty treats, and an Owl Prowl.

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Lake Anna State Park
6800 Lawyers Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22551

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

Do you and your family enjoy spending time in the great outdoors? We've got fun for every skill level. Build a shelter, cast your line to test your fishing skills and learn about snakes and primitive camping skills.

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Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191

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

Leesylvania State Park will be offering many different outdoor skills programs and family fun programs throughout the day including Camping 101, survival skills and campfire cooking.

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Natural Bridge State Park
6477 South Lee Highway
Natural Bridge, VA 24578

Saturday 6/23 6:30PM-11:45PM

Bring your tent, lawn chairs, snacks, water, and binoculars for our second annual Great American Campout at Natural Bridge State Park. We will offer guests the opportunity to campout in the group campsite for this event. Tent set-up begins at 6:00 p.m. and star talks begin at 9:00 p.m.

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 540-291-1330 to register

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Natural Tunnel State Park
1420 Natural Tunnel Pkwy.
Duffield, VA 24244

Saturday 6/23 8:00AM-3:00PM

It's National Get Outdoors Month and we'd love for you to celebrate it with us. People all across the country will be camping this weekend as part of this nationwide event. In honor of the occasion, we're offering some exciting activities throughout the day to help you reconnect with nature.

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New River Trail State Park
116 Orphanage Drive
Max Meadows, VA 24360

Saturday 6/23 8:00PM-10:00PM

Join park rangers for an evening around the campfire to play Native American Games and hear the history of the Norfolk & Western Railroad and Foster Falls. Park rangers will also have all the fixin's for s'mores. Bring your family for a fun filled weekend in the great outdoors.

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Pocahontas State Park
10301 State Park Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Saturday 6/23 10:00PM-8:30PM

Join us for the annual Great American Campout and connect with nature and wildlife while enjoying the great outdoors. While you're welcome to just join us for the day, if you'd like to camp at Pocahontas State Park, make your reservations now, as our campground is quite popular and fills quickly.

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Powhatan State Park
4616 Powhatan State Park Road
Powhatan, VA 23139

Saturday 6/23 10:00PM-8:00PM

The annual Great American Campout brings out thousands across the country to enjoy the outdoors and sleep under the stars. This is a great opportunity to check out the new additions to the park. All programs are family friendly.

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Shenandoah River State Park
350 Daughter of Stars Drive
Bentonville, VA 22610

Saturday 6/23 11:00AM-2:00PM

Are you taking full advantage of all the fun activities the outdoors has to offer? Stop by Culler's Overlook to check out some cool outdoor gear and get inspired to do more. Gear is being demonstrated by local outfitter, Appalachian Adventures. Ask their professionals your outdoor questions.

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Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane
Delaplane, VA 20144

Saturday 6/23 12:00PM-12:00PM

Don't miss your chance to camp out in the beautiful Historic Mount Bleak backyard. First time and experienced campers won't want to miss all the fun programs, including the Fishing in Parks program, a demonstration by Dogs East search and rescue, a campfire sing-a-long, s'mores, nature hikes, hearth cooking demonstrations and more.

  • $30 per campsite
  • Pre-registration is required, please call 1-800-933-PARK to register

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Smith Mountain Lake State Park
1235 State Park Road
Huddleston, VA 24104

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-11:00AM

Camp with a ranger. Park staff will be offering tips and tricks to make your camping experience memorable. Our park interpreter will help you learn the etiquette of backpacking, how to start a fire and cook over an open fire, explore the creatures of the night, and identify birds

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 540-297-6066 to register

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Staunton River State Park
1170 Staunton Trail
Scottsburg, VA 24589

Saturday 6/23 9:00AM-5:30PM

Our park interpreters will demonstrate some ideal ways to set up a campsite, how to start a campfire, how to cook food over a campfire, and will have multiple games and programs available throughout the day. Later on you can take a wagon ride through the park and then enjoy a movie under the stars in our outdoor theater.

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Twin Lakes State Park
788 Twin Lakes Road
Green Bay, VA 23942

Saturday 6/23 7:00PM-9:30PM

It's National Get Outdoors Month and we'd love for you to celebrate it with us. People all across the country will be camping this weekend as part of this nationwide event. In honor of the occasion, we're offering some exciting nighttime activities to help you reconnect with nature.

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Westmoreland State Park
145 Cliff Road
Montross, VA 22520

Saturday 6/23 9:00PM-10:00PM

Take part in the National Great American Campout by reserving an available campsite and/or participating in our special star gazing program. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight and appropriate attire.

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Riveredge Nature Center
4485 W Hawthorne Drive
Saukville, WI 53080

Saturday 7/28 5:00PM-9:00AM

Pitch your tent on the Riveredge lawn and slumber to the sound of the night choir. We'll cook supper on the campfire, and in the morning you'll enjoy pancakes with Riveredge syrup.

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Steff Merten