Our Favorite Camping Wedding Venues for Any Outdoorsy Couple

Just add s'mores.
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Lauren Nowack
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Lauren Nowack
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  • Lauren is a freelance writer for The Knot Worldwide.
  • While Lauren has been writing her whole life, she began her career by travel writing and reviewing outdoor gear.
  • Lauren is passionate about encouraging people planning a wedding to make it exactly what they want and need it to be.
Updated Feb 07, 2024

Whether you're hoping to spend a night out under the stars with your guests or need a budget-friendly lodging option for some friends to stay at, there's a reason you're looking at camping wedding venues. The best spots will have plenty of space to spread out, fire pits for keeping warm and eating s'mores as well as a gorgeous backdrop to host a ceremony and reception. Some will have bare-bones camping options while others will have glamping at its finest. Either way, when you find a venue, make sure to ask plenty of questions so you know exactly what they offer before signing the contract.

To find the best camp wedding venues near you, head to The Knot Vendor Marketplace to find the best wedding vendors in the country. Then, you can check that step off your wedding to-do list. Of course, our favorite campsite wedding venues are listed right here.

1. Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, California

    If you think that getting married with an ocean view, supporting a nonprofit mission and having a campout with your friends and family seems like too much to ask for, Slide Ranch is your pinch-me venue. Located a half-hour drive from San Francisco, it has a truly epic view of coastline cliffs and white-capped waves. There are three location options at Slide Ranch, and you can choose one or mix and match them for your ceremony and reception. The largest space hosts up to 150 people. For a more intimate event, choose The Dome, which hosts up to 40 guests for dinner.

    2. Gilbertsville Farmhouse in South New Berlin, New York

      The husband-and-wife team behind Gilbertsville Farmhouse has hosted weddings on their farm in Central New York since 2013. With 125 acres, multiple ceremony sites and spots for tent camping, there's no shortage of space for up to 200 guests. Better yet, you can host up to 60 guests onsite and experience farm life all weekend long (goat yoga, anyone?). If your heart is set on finding the best camp wedding venues in New York but you want all of your guests to feel comfortable, don't fret—Gilbertsville offers farmhouse suites with beds and en-suite bathrooms, as well as glamping.

      3. Hidden Ridge Camping in Monticello, Kentucky

        Nothing is better than getting married in the woods, and that is just what you can do at Hidden Ridge Camping. There are plenty of smaller spots for an intimate ceremony on the grounds, but many couples opt to get married on the Burnt Rock stage where the venue also hosts music festivals. Lodging options for you and your guests include a lodge, safari tents, vintage RVs, cabins, a renovated school bus and plenty of open tent camping space. You'll also enjoy private hiking trails that lead to Lake Cumberland.

        4. Cobb Hill Estate in Harrisville, New Hampshire

          This mountaintop wedding venue is ideal for the couple who wants stunning natural beauty as the setting for their big day. Just 90 minutes from Boston, Cobb Hill Estate features 750 private and secluded acres with breathtaking views of three states. Many couples make a weekend-long event of their wedding here by hosting their rehearsal dinner onsite and staying in the glamping tents.

          5. Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado

            You'll be hard-pressed to find a more stunning location for an outdoor wedding than beneath the Gore Range at Piney River Ranch. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests with a breathtaking waterfront ceremony deck complete with mountain views. The ranch boasts four guest cabins, a lakeside yurt, three glamping tents and space for tent camping and wedding games. The ranch also has an on-site restaurant and bar so you can have a true campground wedding in Colorado while leaving the coolers and bear boxes behind.

            6. Camp Colton in Colton, Oregon

              If you want your wedding to feel like camp, look no further than Camp Colton, a beautifully restored former summer camp turned refined rustic venue. Settled amidst a lush forest with meandering creeks, you and up to 300 guests can be secluded in nature, sleeping in tents, yurts and cabins just 45 minutes from Portland. Couples rave about the fire pit nightcap, so if you'd pick s'mores over wedding cake any day, Camp Colton might be the spot for you.

              7. The Camp at Buffalo Mountain in Jonesborough, Tennessee

                Tucked into 107 of Tennessee wilderness is The Camp at Buffalo Mountain. Once a summer camp, its owners have since turned it into a marvelous wedding venue with a wide variety of spots, both inside and out, to tie the knot and celebrate. You'll be able to camp in cabins for the weekend here or opt for the slightly roomier retreat house. Either way, the venue's attention to detail and stunning natural beauty easily earned its spot on our list.

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                8. Camp Wildwood in Bridgton, Maine

                  A list of the best camp wedding venues in Maine has to include Camp Wildwood, a sleep-away camp during the summer that hosts weddings throughout the rest of the year. Choose between a lakeside backdrop or the steps of the 120-year-old lodge for your ceremony before moving inside for your reception. The best part about Camp Wildwood? The entire property is yours for the duration of your celebration, with homes, bunks and camping spots available to you and up to 300 guests. Just make sure to check out our camp wedding checklist if you go this route.

                  9. Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula, Alabama

                    If you've just typed in "campsite wedding venues near me" and you're anywhere near Eufaula, Alabama, we've got the perfect spot for you at Lakepoint State Park. With 192 campsites, many which include full RV hookups, plenty of guests can come camp for your wedding week. As there are plenty of amenities and the gorgeous Lake Eufaula nearby, this is one of the best spots to have a budget-friendly wedding at a campground for up to 500 guests.

                    10. YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, California

                      It'll be tough to find camping wedding venues in northern California that are more romantic than the forest of redwood trees tucked in the Santa Cruz Mountains at Camp Campbell. This venue is able to accommodate up to 250 overnight guests with its three day weekend wedding package. Campfires are encouraged and firewood and s'mores are provided, as if you needed further convincing of this unique wedding venue for your special day.

                      11. Nature (a Michigan Retreat) in Maple City, Michigan

                        Billed as a destination wedding venue, the remote Nature retreat lies on the Leelanau Peninsula, which extends 30 miles into scenic Lake Michigan. Host your special day in either the main event room, which seats 170 guests, or a giant tent pad which seats up to 300 on a swimming pond with a sugar sand beach. Scenery aside, added features like bonfire pits, 24 cabins and 24 glamping tents outfit the venue with everything you need for a campground wedding experience your guests won't soon forget.

                        12. CanyonSide Campground in Bellevue, Colorado

                          Outfitted with cabins, tent sites and RV sites, the CanyonSide Campground in Bellevue, Colorado gives couples a taste of the state's untamed wilderness, with ample opportunity for hiking, fishing and spotting wildlife. Right by the Roosevelt National Forest and Poudre River, this beautiful venue will give up to 200 nature-loving guests plenty to do and see.

                          13. Lucky Arrow Retreat in Dripping Springs, Texas

                            If you're looking for the feeling of being out in nature with an entire venue to yourself but aren't quite sure about camping in tents, you may just fall in love with Lucky Arrow Retreat. An indoor event space is topped with a rooftop deck, giving you plenty of flexibility with where to celebrate. Lucky Arrow can host 120 guests in its deluxe cabins and luxury yurts. If you're not yet sold, we'll leave you with this: the venue has its own pool, beer garden and the cabins have their own private hot tubs.

                            14. Yosemite National Park in Yosemite, California

                              Believe it or not, you can get married in just about any national park in the United States with the right permit. Lying at just about equidistance between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Yosemite National Park makes for an accessible destination wedding in a breathtaking location. Whether you want an intimate, unforgettable elopement or dinner and dancing with up to 250 guests at one of the park's lodges, Yosemite offers something for everyone and plenty of campsites too.

                              15. Enchanted Oaks Farm & Lake House in Ocala, Florida

                                Enchanted Oaks Farm is a woman-owned, 8-acre farm and camping wedding venue located an hour north of Orlando. Between the lakefront farmhouse, glamorous treehouse, A-frame cabin on the lake, pergola and barn, this venue is a wedding photographer's dream. After dancing with up to 150 of your nearest and dearest under twinkle lights and a tree canopy, head over to the glamping campsite to keep the party going (or give your dancing feet a rest!).

                                16. Camp Elsewhere in Waupaca, Wisconsin

                                  If you and your love want to get married in a cedar chapel with a lake view on all sides, check out the stunning Camp Elsewhere, one of our favorite camp wedding venues in Wisconsin. Guests can enjoy over 50 acres of land and hiking trails. The venue can sleep up to 75 guests in its cabins, canvas glamping tents, renovated vintage Shasta campers and tent campsites, although the chapel itself can hold 150 people. If you're hoping for an even bigger blowout, opt for the outdoor tent that seats 250. Whatever you choose, you'll soak in the beauty of this venue that was specifically designed to reflect the nature around it.

                                  17. Lassen Meadows Ranch in Chester, California

                                    For a wedding weekend truly away from it all, head to Lassen Meadows Ranch in Chester, California. Choosing to get married here includes use of the 160-acre private ranch from Friday morning through Sunday night, including three lawns, a large barn, a kitchen pavilion, a camping area, lake access, a bathhouse and two cabins. This venue survived the 2021 Dixie Fire and is thrilled to host guests again.

                                    18. Glamping Retro in Erwin, Tennessee

                                      From April to November, couples have the opportunity to book a one-of-a-kind weekend at Glamping Retro, a gorgeous wedding venue that can house 25 guests in Airstreams, a treehouse and luxury safari tents. The wedding and reception spaces, which come with tables, chairs and linens, can hold up to 125 guests. The grounds highlight the nature that surrounds it, creating a blank slate for couples to decorate in any style they choose. If this venue is too small for your wedding, try booking it for the ultimate camping bachelorette.

                                      19. Launch Pointe in Lake Elsinore, California

                                        Launch Pointe in southern California gives the to-be-weds and their guests an unbeatable boho vibe with its lakeside accommodations, including but not limited to camping, yurts, vintage trailers, boating, swimming and more. The ceremony and reception spaces include a large hall that can hold 150 guests, as well as smaller outdoor lawns, beaches and gardens.

                                        20. Cypress Valley Event Center in Spicewood, Texas

                                          Make your fairytale come to life among the 500-year-old cypress trees at the Cypress Valley Event Center just 30 minutes outside of Austin. Your ceremony will take place on a platform suspended between centuries-old trees while guests look on from the hillside amphitheater. Then you'll head on over to the creekside pavilion for your reception before tucking you and 30 of your closest friends and family into the treehouses and Ranch House for the perfect night of glamping in the air.

                                          21. Lost Hill Lake Events in Saint Clair, Missouri

                                            If you're hoping to have nature made easy for your guests willing to glamp without getting down and dirty, check out Lost Hill Lake Events in Missouri. Up to 250 wedding weekend attendees can stay in the houseboat, converted school buses, cozy Apache campers, a beloved WV bus or bring their own tent for camping. After a wonderful night's sleep, they can head to your ceremony at the walnut grove, alongside the river or by the stunning lake. You'll have free reign of the 200-acre venue for adventures, pictures and hikes.

                                            22. Blue Moon Rising in McHenry, Maryland

                                              While Blue Moon Rising offers three-night wedding weekend packages, they encourage couples to opt for spending four or five nights at their spectacular getaway. Couples get married in what the venue calls its "Universal Evergreen Chapel of Earth," which can hold up to 100 guests although they recommend keeping the count between 50 and 75. While guests needing WiFi and quick access to running water can stay in one of the many cabins on site, there is plenty of room for camping too.

                                              23. Common Ground Center in Starksboro, Vermont

                                                If you want the money you spend on your wedding to serve a bigger purpose, consider checking out the Common Ground Center, a non-profit that uses revenue from weddings to subsidize nature camps for youth. On the venue's 700 acres, there is room for 200 guests, 150 of whom can fit into the venue's off-grid cabins, guest rooms and tents. Just thirty minutes from Burlington, this spot is easy to travel to with plenty of amenities to enjoy, such as a swimming pond and playground. On top of that, the cathedral-like rustic barn has been tastefully renovated into a stunning place for indoor ceremonies.

                                                24. Wildflower Wedding Venue in Emory, Texas

                                                  The Wildflower in East Texas is hands-down one of the cutest glamping wedding venues. There are three fully-equipped yurts to stay in on the venue's 25 acres, each giving off a unique boho vibe. The Wildflower also offers ceremony and reception sites inside and out, the former having no shortage of natural light and the latter being replete with trees, pond views and even some local llamas. Invite up to 250 of your friends and family to take part in this magical glamping experience.

                                                  25. Twenty Odd Base Camp in Trout Creek, Montana

                                                    Amongst Twenty Odd Base Camp's 90 acres are spacious meadows, aspen groves and a private waterfront, all surrounded by Montana mountains. With cabins, RV hookups and tent camping onsite, this spot has hosted numerous campground weddings. This facility gives "off the beaten path" vibes without compromising on exquisite taste and service for up to 200 guests. Don't worry about the weather either, as the Antler Dance Hall and Belgian Gulch Saloon are ready and willing to let you party into the night.

                                                    26. Treehouse Point in Issaquah, Washington

                                                      Whether you want a microwedding high up in a tree or plan to have up to 80 of your friends and family join you, Treehouse Point is fully equipped to make all your campground wedding dreams come to life. Overnight guests can tuck into bed in one of seven tree houses or two suites. There are numerous beautiful spots to tie the knot and celebrate, from cedar-lined rooms for intimate ceremonies to the gorgeous lower lawn when the weather is just right.

                                                      27. Little Sugar Farm Glamping and Gathering in Pineville, Missouri

                                                        Between the farmhouse, bell tents and safari tents, Little Sugar Farm can host up to 32 guests on its 376 acres. This venue, run by a couple whose grandparents worked the soil of the same land, provides a glamorous take on the Missouri countryside, including private access to Little Sugar Creek and hiking trails for 100 guests. On top of having both charm and luxury, you'll also be able to borrow whatever decor you'd like from the Borrowing Closet, which is quite a budget-saver for many couples.

                                                        28. Horning's Hideout in North Plains, Oregon

                                                          If you're up for getting hitched between mid-May and early October in Oregon, look no further than Horning's Hideout. Just over a half hour from Portland, this camping wedding venue gets you away from the hustle and bustle and into the serene magic of the outdoors. Its creekside venue can hold 250 people, the lakeside spot can hold 350 next to a waterfall while the main stage can hold up to 700. Each of these options has a large, private group campsite available. All in all, this is one of the best bang-for-your-buck camping wedding venues in Oregon, especially if you're hoping to have a large wedding.

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