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Great American Campout


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.

Camping is a great way to connect with the outdoors and experience a brief moment away from the demands of everyday life. Finding the time to escape is often the hardest part of enjoying an outdoor adventure. In an effort to create an accessible camping outdoor experience, Buncombe County Recreation Services will be opening Lake Julian Park up for a night of camping and outdoor adventures on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The event held in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout event is intended to help residents appreciate the wonders of nature and wildlife.

The campout is part of Buncombe County Recreation Service’s “Buncombe Outdoors Adventure Club” program. The fledgling program recognizes that while our area is well-known for outdoor recreation, venturing out to try new activities can be intimidating for those venturing out for the first time. The Buncombe Outdoors Adventure Club will continue to roll out fun and engaging outdoor opportunities throughout the year.

Preregistration for the Great American Campout at Lake Julian is required. The event will cost $20 per campsite (each site will be approximately 20 feet by 20 feet). The event is intended to be a low frill backyard campout; attendees will need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags.

On-site check will start at 6pm on June 24 and campers will need to be packed up by 11am on June 25. The event will include a handful of outdoor activities geared to connect campers with nature and of course s’mores.

To register click here. For more information call Lynn Pegg at 828.250.6707 or e-mail at

Event and Media Contact:     Lynn Pegg, 828.250.6707 or