Looking for an outdoor family getaway but pressed for time? School may have started, but summer isn’t over yet. Join Buncombe County Recreation Services for a quick nature escape and celebrate the Great American Campout, end of summer edition.

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 host a night of camping and outdoor adventures on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Enka. In addition to the campout we’ve partnered with the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department to present an outdoor movie.  We’ll be showing “UP” By PIXAR Animation. The movie is free and open to the public. Showtime begins at 8:30 p.m.

The campout is part of Buncombe County Recreation Service’s “Buncombe Outdoors Adventure Club” program. 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 Buncombe County Sports Park is required. The event will cost $20 per campsite (each site will be approximately 20 feet by 20 feet and will be limited to 6 people per campsite). The event is intended to be a low frill backyard campout; attendees will need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags. Registration will include an evening meal (featuring camping classics that participants can cook over the fire) and a light breakfast.

On-site check will start at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8 and campers will need to be packed up by 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9. The event will include a handful of outdoor activities geared to connect campers with nature and of course s’mores.

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