Camping Details

We are so excited to return to the wonderful venue Rockcastle Riverside in 2019!

Here are a few things that we hope will help all of our campers plan for a great weekend:

Due to limited real estate in the venue for vehicles, the majority of the camping at Moonshiner’s Ball is “tent only” – i.e., cars will be parked across the street.

Many of the campsites are tucked away in wooded, riverside plots that are wonderful for Autumn camping vibes…but not so great for vehicle access. In order to maximize the use of the land and the camping experience for our guests, cars will not be permitted in the general camping area, except with very limited “car camping” passes (available for $50 per car starting May 15, while supplies last). Car camping passes allow room for one vehicle and one tent, and are perfect for those who prefer the convenience of camping next their cars!

For our TENT-ONLY CAMPERS: please note that the main festival entrance is located directly across the street from the vehicle parking lot – not a far walk, but we’re asking folks to bear in mind that you might be walking a bit with your gear. (The furthest sites are approximately few hundred yards from the main gate.) We recommend packing as light as possible, and being prepared to possibly make multiple trips from the check-in / load-in gate (or from your car) to your campsite. We will help minimize your haul as much as we can!

You WILL be allowed to access your car as needed throughout the weekend with your festival wristband.


As in years past, our primary camping areas are broken into distinct zones:

Tent-Only Camping Areas:

  • Family / Quiet Camping

    This tranquil, riverside zone is located furthest from the stages (approximately 200 yards from main stage lawn). Given the nature of festivals, we can’t make any guarantees on noise levels anywhere in the venue, but are asking folks in this zone to maintain “quiet hours,” particularly between 9 p.m.-8 a.m.

    Space is limited so please make plans to come early if you want to ensure a spot in this zone!

  • Middle Path Camping

    Our primary camping zone is located, as its name suggests, in the middle of the other two options: literally halfway between the party and the chill zone. Tons of great camping options in this zone!

  • ``Shine On`` Camping

    Perfect for folks who like to be close to the action!

    Located along the main stage lawn in the heart of the festival, campers in this zone will be in closest proximity to the music, the food & retail vendors, the community bonfire and the life of the party.

Vehicle Camping Areas:

  • Car Camping


    Limited in supply, $50 per carload – click here to purchase! Each site allows for one car and one tent (approximately 15×30 feet).

  • RV Camping (with water / electric hook-ups)


    Be sure to get in line early next year!

  • Primitive Trailer / RV Camping


    We are offering a very limited quantity of primitive trailer / RV camping – no water or electric hook-ups, but a grassy space inside the venue near the RV area. Note that these spots are on grassy land (not paved or gravel) and are approximately 15 x 40 feet. $80 per vehicle.

General Camping Notes

Camping is included with all WEEKEND PASSES.

Individual bonfires are permitted only if contained in grills or above-ground, metal firepits. We encourage everyone to join us at our community bonfires each night!

While the venue is spacious, we will need to limit the footprint of each campsite in order to make room for everybody! Each pair of campers should plan for an approximately 10×15-foot plot. If you are planning to bring a canopy, it may need to partially cover your tent (or you may need to buddy up with another pair of campers and share two plots).

All of the camping zones have limited capacity and we recommend arriving as early as you can for increased chances of getting to camp in your top choice zone! We’re excited to open the campgrounds on THURSDAY again this year, and recommend arriving early to have your pick of spots and help us kick off the weekend! Fortunately, ALL of the zones are beautiful, and no matter where you end up, chances are you’ll be surrounded by wonderful new friends. We can’t wait to share the space with you.

We encourage you to study the camping options in advance so you can arrive at the festival with a good idea of where you might like to end up – you are welcome to change your mind once you arrive, depending on availability, but arriving with an idea of where you hope to end up will help cut back on confusion, traffic and other on-site delays… and will ultimately help you get set up & ready to rock and roll a bit quicker upon arrival!

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