The Heron offers a beautiful variety of camping options. Whether your perfect home for the festival is a tent deep in the woods or you prefer “vehicle camping” with your family, we offer a variety of options to suit your needs. We have never run out of camping spaces!
The festival ends Sunday evening when the music stops. All patrons must be packed up before dark and ready to go home (it’s so sad, we know). Details are below
Wooded/Tent Camping (Dragon Run Area):
The Heron has the most magical mystical woods available for tent camping. This area tends to have the Night Owls of our Heron family, probably not the best place for families or those who need a good night sleep. Dragon Run will lead you directly to The Drum Circle where you can find Dancing and Drumming… often until dawn. You will also find The Cafe in the Woods on Dragon Run, serving pizza, cookies and hot and cold beverages.
Tent camping extends from Fern Gully to The Back 40 Loop to The Up & Over Road. (See the Site Map) There is no fee to tent camp in this area, but you must pay to park your car. Shuttles can take you from the lots to the Crossroads of Up & Over Road and Dragon Run. You will have to carry your gear from the shuttle drop-off to your site, so only bring what you can manage. There are no personal vehicles permitted in this section of woods – consider pack in coolers or suitcases with large wheels. The shuttles only go to the edge of the woodlot.
Vehicle Camping (Green, Orange, & Purple Lots):
“Vehicle camping” means you and your car, truck, van, RV, bus, or motorcycle are parked & set up to camp in a 20’ x 20’ space. If your vehicle or rig is longer than 20′, you will pay for two or more vehicle camping stickers depending on your total length. Most people camp with their vehicle and a tent, or two, in their 20’ x 20’ space.
Groups can merge adjoining spaces and arrange gear, as they like, as long as stickers are purchased & displayed in each space. We ask that you do not save spaces, so make sure your group is fairly close in line together. Patrons must purchase weekend wristbands in order to purchase vehicle camping stickers.
Driving out of the camping areas and returning is allowed, but we prefer to keep this to a minimum and that you do this during daylight hours.
All vehicle camping is on a first come first serve basis. Gates open Friday morning at 9am and we have many patrons who spend Thursday night on the road. (Be sure to get your tires off the pavement, if possible). Volunteers & vendors are allowed to enter on Thursday starting at 1:00pm and settle into their camping spaces before the regular patrons. Think about volunteering so you can too!
The Green Lot ($80/space):
This camping area is the closest to the main stage and is filled by early on Friday. There are no trees in the section overlooking the pond, there are a few back over the hill. Plan for creating shade within your camp, if you need it.
The Orange Lots ($50/space):
These camping areas are intended for those who prefer quieter camping, since they are across the pond from the stages. (You still might want earplugs – we sell them at the Merch Booth). Orange lots also fill on Friday, by mid-day.
Heron Overlook’s Purple Lot ($50/sticker):
This area is across the street from the festival and has a fabulous view, gentle breezes, less crowded spaces, water spigots, & porta-johns – and it never fills up! There are small trees on the large open hillside and shaded woodlands in another. In the wooded area, vehicles are not allowed, but your car will be parked only yards away. On top of the hill are open pastures where large RVs can find more level ground.
Extend Your Stay With The Heron Overlook’s “Thursday Purple Lot Deal”:
This is for patrons who would like to set up and camp for one extra night. On Thursday between 4:00pm – 9:00pm, we will identify vehicles in the line that want set up camp in the Heron Overlook Purple Lot; please do not move until we direct you to! There will be an additional charge of $30 per vehicle making the sticker price $80 for the weekend for one 20X20 space. If you have a large rig requiring more than one 20 x 20 space, you will have to buy an additional $50 Purple sticker, but only one $30 Thursday fee. Contact us if you need more info about this special Thursday night option (716-761-7190). It’s a great way to get settled in – shade and a beautiful view included!
Thursday Purple Lot Deal Rules & Restrictions: You are required to camp in the Purple Lot for the weekend, you cannot move to another camping area after Thursday. You are not allowed on the festival side of the street until the gate opens Friday at 9:00am. We hope this option on Thursday will make your weekend more relaxing & enjoyable.
Large RV’s and Campers: There are two main areas that can accommodate extra-large RV’s or buses; one is on the top the hill on Heron Overlook’s Purple Lot and another is near the entrance to the Blue Lot. We have no water or electric hook-ups for RVs anywhere on the property. RV’s with generators are allowed but can only be run in the middle of the day to charge batteries. They must be turned off after dark until midday. Please be respectful of your neighbor’s peace and quiet.
Handicapped Camping, Parking & Shuttling: One area is set aside for handicapped CAMPING. It is near the North Gate in the Orange Lot. We do not reserve any camping space. There are no electric services. Handicapped PARKING is in two areas, one in the Orange Lot with the handicap camping, and in the Red Lot near the entrance along the hedgerow (parking only – see map). These areas have “shuttle stops” with a sign and a bench. We run tractor shuttles that will give you a ride and we also have golf carts that are labeled “handicap shuttle”. You can ask anyone with a radio to call a shuttle for you. We do our best to help, but we have an expansive, rugged landscape with rolling hills. There is a handicapped accessible porta-john near the shower tent at the top of the hill.
Other local camping & lodging options are available at www.TourChautauqua.com