Camping is one of the most affordable family vacation or weekend getaway experiences. A family of four can go camping for less than what it costs to go to the movies! Get away from the everyday stress of life and enjoy a night under the stars. You might be surprised how many stars you can actually see in our parks.
Taking the first step to try camping and figuring out what gear you need, can be intimidating so we are here to help with special programming for the Great American Backyard Campout.
Photo by Bill Crabtree Jr., Tourism Corporation of Virginia
Several parks are offering an overnight camping experience (including a couple of parks that do not normally offer camping) for this national event. Caledon, Holliday Lake, James River, Leesylvania, New River Trail, Pocahontas, Sky Meadows, and Smith Mountain Lake state parks. In addition to the communal camping experience, there are lots of fun activities and how-to demonstrations planned. These programs require advance registration so check for details by clicking on the full list here.
A previous GABC event at Sky Meadows State Park
On June 23 thousands of people across the nation will gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks to take part in a one-night event that will provide an experience for all generations to connect with nature. You can join the Great American Backyard Campout whether you are an experienced camper or first-time camper. We have all you will need to get you ready to camp at your fingertips on the official website.
The Great American Backyard Campout is part of the special event series from National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There™ movement. The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization and we work with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect wildlife and reconnect people with nature. Today NWF continues to be the nation’s leading advocate for wildlife and wild places.