The Great American Backyard Campout

by Casey Higgins | Posted on June 17th, 2013

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This post was updated May 5, 2015.

Centered around one night, the last Saturday in June, the Great American Backyard Campout can happen anywhere – your own backyard, a neighborhood park or in one of Virginia’s 36 State Parks.

Bear Creek Lake State Park

Why camp? Virginia State Parks offers, “Camping is an affordable family vacation or weekend getaway experience – a family of four can go camping for less than the cost of a movie.” The National Wildlife Federation suggests, “The nature of childhood has changed. There’s not much nature in it.” Put down the electronics and let’s vacation on the cheap while introducing our kids to amazing outdoors they may have never previously experienced.

For families who are new to camping, a special group camping experience is offered at the following Virginia State Parks:

Don’t have a tent? Don’t buy one. Head to Holliday Lake (Appomattox) or Grayson Highlands (Mouth of Wilson) to borrow one of theirs for the night. Limited availability.

Each parks is participating in the Great American Backyard Campout, and each one has something unique to offer for the weekend. Here are a few:Grayson Highlands State Park


Where are you headed? We can only hope it’s into Virginia’s great outdoors. Learn more about Virginia Great Outdoor Month at and find an upcoming Virginia State Park event to attend.

The Great American Backyard Campout is an event sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage families to unplug, spend a night in the outdoors, get active and “Be Out There.”

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