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Sleep Under the Stars at Lake Julian Park

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May 26 Update: The Lake Julian Campout is sold out. To get on the waitlist please email

Are you ready to get your camp on? Buncombe County Recreation Services is hosting a Campout at Lake Julian Park on Saturday, June 25. This annual event is part of the Great American Campout and is a great way for families, friends, and youth groups to come together and connect with nature for a fun and memorable night sleeping under the stars. “There is no better way to inspire a lifelong appreciation of and relationship with nature than to spend a night outdoors beneath the stars,” says Recreation Services’ Mac Stanley. “Camping is traditionally part of the summertime experience for many families but can get overlooked in these days of indoor childhood. We’re thrilled to provide an experience for all generations to connect with the natural world and one another.”

Campout details

While Lake Julian Park does not usually allow overnight camping, for one night the park will serve as an inspiring location for this nocturnal event. No prior camping experience is required as the event is designed as a low-frill backyard campout. Attendees should bring their own tents and sleeping bags. Campers can participate in a handful of planned activities including demonstrations by Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards and REI Outdoor & Sporting Goods, a birding excursion (Sunday morning), a traditional campfire with some singalongs, and – of course – s’mores. Also, participants may try out some products provided by our friends over at ENO. Recreation Services will provide dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning for participants. Campsites will be available at 1 p.m. on Saturday with on-site check-in at 1:30 p.m. Campers should be packed up by 1 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $20 per person, please see the link below for tickets and reservations:

If You Go

What: Sleep Under the Stars at Lake Julian Park
When: Saturday, June 25-Sunday, June 26
Where: Lake Julian Park at 37 Lake Julian Road
Arden, North Carolina 28704
Cost: $20 (Advance registration required-includes a 20 ft x 20 ft campsite, dinner, breakfast, snacks, and activities)

Reserve your space today! *Sold out. 

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Updated May 26, 2022 12:52 PM
Published May 18, 2022 02:00 PM