This year will be the first that I actually camp at Headwaters Country Jam.  Since I've never taken my daughter camping, I thought this might be a good first experience, but since I've never camped at Headwaters, I'm not entirely certain.

Headwaters Country Jam has different campsites available, including one "Quiet, Family" area.  The others have a 2 a.m. curfew.  The site says they don't strictly enforce total silence, but you are expected to be done with your music, partying, generators, etc. and respect your fellow campers.

If we do this, we'll be in a tent and I'd rather use the Cat Country campsite, but if you've got some first hand experience and recommend the family area, I'd love it if you'd share your thoughts in the comments section.

Camping is not a necessity, but if you're planning on attending more than one night of shows, it beats driving and gives you the "under the big sky" experience.  A basic rundown of the camping at Headwaters Country Jam:

  • No glass containers (including beer and liquor bottles).
  • All campsites are primitive and have no electrical or water hookups.
  • Showers are available for free and are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • 24-hour security will be provided in all camping areas, but please secure your campsite.
  • No pets allowed in arena, parking lots, or campgrounds.
  • No outside food, beverages or alcohol are permitted on festival grounds. Outside food, beverages and alcohol are only permitted in the camping area.
  • No external furniture, refrigerators, or carpeting will be allowed.
  • No campfires or open flames will be allowed due to fire danger. Self-contained propane grills are allowed in the campgrounds only and must be under constant supervision.

Campsites are 20′ x 40′ (excluding Luxury Campsites that are 40′ x 40′ and allow for one camper and one vehicle OR one motor home OR multiple tents and one vehicle (one sleeping unit and one steering wheel). All vehicles and camping equipment must be able to fit into your spot. There must be a five-foot separation of all trailers due to county regulations (two-and-a-half feet from the rear and side borders). You will be asked to move your vehicle if there is a question of space.

Additional vehicles will be charged a parking fee for the weekend and will be required to park in a separate overflow parking area. Overflow parking passes may be purchased in advance or at the festival.

Many sites are uneven and it is suggested that campers bring blocks and other devices to level out RVs and trailers (concrete blocks work well).

High winds are possible, so please bring stakes and other items to secure your tent. Make sure your vehicles are secure and parking brakes are set.

No golf carts, boats, power scooters, dirt bikes, bicycles, or ATVs are allowed on the festival grounds. This includes the campgrounds, parking lots and the arena. No cruising on motorcycles or in vehicles within the campground or parking lots. Violators will be removed.

No vending is allowed in the campground. Violators will be removed from the premises. No exceptions.

Absolutely no firearms of any kind are allowed with or without a permit.