Camping Information

Camping Rules, Details, and Guidelines:

– All campsites are available on a first come and space available basis.


– The campground will open at 3:00pm Friday and Saturday at 8:30am.


– All campers must be out of the campground by noon on Sunday.


– Friday night only camping is not available: you must commit to camping through the weekend until Sunday morning.


– All Friday campers are welcome to attend the 2023 NCBMF Friday Night Jam held across the road from the campground on the main festival grounds (an easy walk.) Once exclusive to the campground, this event is now a ticketed event open to the public. Each camping reservation comes with 2 tickets to this event. Additional tickets may be purchased online here.


– Food Trucks and craft beer sales tents will be on site to provide food and drinks.


PLEASE NOTE: Inappropriate behavior on the part of any one in attendance will not be tolerated. Any incidents requiring investigation by Historic Rural Hill / NCBMF staff and/or local law enforcement could result in expulsion from the camping area and Historic Rural Hill without refund of fees. The use of illegal substances or the consumption of hard liquor is not allowed and will be dealt with accordingly.

All camp sites are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and may be selected by the campground manager based on your needs and vehicle.


If you have any questions about any of these guidelines, please ask for campground manager Eric Ferguson.

Camping Questions

Yes and yes. Our campground has been managed by the same person for 25 years – they keep a close watch on the number of reservations received for all types of campsites. Our campground is an open field with some wooded areas as well. If you’ve reserved a campsite by purchasing a camping ticket there will be room for you and you will have a place to set up camp, but it is up to you to get here in a timely manner to nab the perfect spot.

Vehicles are only allowed to drop off camping gear and must be quickly moved to the campground’s parking area nearby. There will be no vehicles allowed inside the campground due to safety and space concerns.

Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings only. You must use a camp stove for cooking.

There is a dumpster located near the entrance. Please use it. The alternative is to pack your trash out with you. Please practice Leave No Trace principles.

There are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE water hookups for RV’s in the campground, and spigots located nearby for tent campers.

Ice will be available on the festival grounds at $3.00 per 8-pound bag. You will be responsible for its transport from the festival grounds to the campground. To purchase ice, ask for Eric Ferguson, campground manager.

So do we, and most of us will be camping with you. We know this is a beer and music festival, but please, no yelling / singing, no instrument playing, loud radios, or televisions after 12 a.m. on Friday or Saturday night.

Yes we do! The great folks at Pure Intentions Coffee will be on hand again this year, and we’ve lined up a food truck to be in the campground all day Saturday and Sunday morning serving breakfast sandwiches and more!

Pets are NOT allowed at Historic Rural Hill during the NCBMF, this includes the campground.

The campground is easy walking distance from the main festival grounds and complimentary shuttles are provided to help transport campers back and forth from the festival area throughout the day.


Restrooms are available in the campground.

To avoid potential pain and discomfort due to poison ivy exposure, the staff of Historic Rural Hill STRONGLY recommend that close-toed shoes be worn at all times in the campground and that campers stay out of wooded areas.

There’s not one. The land on which the NCBMF is presented is the property of Mecklenburg County yet managed by Historic Rural Hill. For that reason, individuals and groups on the premises must follow requirements set by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. As of 2015, Pursuant to Mecklenburg County Ordinance, Rural Hill is now a tobacco-free zone site wide, including the campground. This includes both smoking, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other such devices.

Yes, you are welcome to bring food and beverages into the campground, but not the festival grounds. Packing a cooler? Please make sure you’re packing independently owned NC canned beer. Why would you want to drink a cheaply produced watered down product from a giant corporation at one of the best celebrations of North Carolina craft brewing in the state? We don’t know either.

Notice how in the above paragraph we didn’t mention glass bottles? It’s because they’re not allowed. Neither is hard alcohol.

If you have any questions about any of these guidelines, please ask for campground manager Eric Ferguson.