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Tips & Tricks for Successful Group Camping

Looking to elevate your camping experience? Gather your friends and family for an unforgettable group camping adventure at Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley! Discover why camping with groups is a fantastic choice and explore the exciting activities and amenities we offer for group getaways.

Reasons to Camp with Groups

Bonding and Togetherness:

Camping with a group fosters strong bonds and creates lasting memories. Whether it's sharing stories around the campfire or embarking on outdoor adventures together, camping is a great way to build group camaraderie.

Shared Experiences:

Group camping allows everyone to participate in activities and create shared experiences, from hiking and fishing to roasting marshmallows and stargazing. Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley has a variety of activities for groups, making us one of the best campgrounds in North Carolina for families!

Cost Effectiveness:

Splitting costs among group members makes camping more affordable. To learn more about how to save even more money on your stay at our North Carolina campground, visit our deals page!

Fun and Entertainment:

With a group, there's never a dull moment. Enjoy games, sports, themed events, and other activities together that add excitement to your North Carolina camping trip.

Ways to Stay with Groups

There are several different ways to stay as a group at Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley. With a variety of North Carolina group cabins, everyone can find a place to meet their needs!

Group Cabins:

Group cabins are the perfect way to stay for those looking for a glamping experience! With five different group cabin options with unique characteristics, your group is sure to find the right fit. Here's a little more about each cabin type:

Luckadoo Lodge

Looking for the convenience of home on your trip? Our Luckadoo Lodge is an excellent pick for you and your loved ones! Inside, enjoy AC/heat, two full bathrooms, a kitchen with all the necessary appliances, a spacious living area with a fireplace and shuffleboard, and sleeping accommodations for up to 16 people! Outside, take advantage of a hot tub, picnic table, fire ring, and gas grill. Book your stay and make some memories at our North Carolina campground!

Richland Mountain Retreat

Scenic views and a spacious retreat are what you can expect when you reserve our Richland Mountain Retreat! Sleeping up to 13, this North Carolina group cabin features a spacious living room with a fireplace and air hockey table, washer/dryer, AC/heating, a kitchen with all the necessary appliances, a large wrap-around deck, and more! This is one of the best North Carolina group cabins for making memories outside with a 5-person hot tub, fireplace, fire ring, and charcoal grill!

Rippling Waters Lodge

Wanting to be near the lake? Book our Rippling Waters Lodge! This cabin rental includes amenities such as a spacious living room with a fireplace and foosball table, a dining area with a 10-person dining table, AC/heating, a kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, 4-burner stovetop, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and dishwasher. Relax outdoors with a 5-person hot tub, fire ring, and charcoal grill at one of the best family campgrounds in North Carolina! This cabin rental sleeps up to 14 people.

Sassafras Ridge Lodge

The Sassafras Ridge Lodge is a great way to stay and gain access to one of the best campgrounds in North Carolina for families! This lodging option boasts accommodations for up to 14, and has plenty of space for entertainment near the Water Zone and Ranger Station. Enjoy a foosball table, AC/heat, a kitchen with all the necessary appliances, and more. Outside, you can also enjoy a hot tub, patio, fire ring, gas grill, and outdoor deck. Make some memories at this cabin on your North Carolina camping adventure!

Laurel Cove Lodge

Ideal for groups wanting the added privacy of a cabin while being close to the action, the spacious Laurel Cove Lodge cabin accommodates up to 10 people. Enjoy 3 private bedrooms, a full kitchen, 2 full bathrooms, and amenities for a memorable group retreat. Take advantage of the covered porch, 5-person hot tub, shuffleboard, and more!

These North Carolina group cabins come equipped with a list of amenities that will make your stay comfortable. Enjoy our cabins for large groups in North Carolina as you connect and create wonderful memories together! However, if you are looking to stay in separate cabins from the rest of your group, we have great luxury cabin, and even rustic cabin options! Each group will find something perfect for them at our North Carolina camp-resort.


The best way to book a specific accommodation and be near your friends and family is by locking in your site. This means you can pick sites near one another, while still having a bit of privacy. If you don't lock-in, there's a chance our booking system will optimize for those who want a specific site number. This means that you could be moved to a different site number - don't worry though, you'll remain in the same site type! You can lock-in your site reservation when making your booking. Enjoy your time together and see why Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley is one of the best family campgrounds in North Carolina!

Tips for Making Your Group Trip a Success

Planning and coordinating a group trip comes with a lot of intricacies, so here are a few suggestions to make sure that everyone has a great time!

Plan Activities that Each Group Member Will Enjoy:

Doing anything with a large group can be challenging as different people have different interests. Luckily, our North Carolina campground has lots of activities and attractions that cater to a variety of interests! To ensure that everyone in your group has a great time, plan events and outings that each person will enjoy.

Know your Group:

Knowing your group is important when planning a group camping trip. If there are several introverts in the group, perhaps it might be best to reserve separate sites nearby to one another so that people can unwind after a day of fun events. If you are North Carolina camping with a very tight-knit group of extroverts, our North Carolina group cabins may be the right option for you! Knowing your group can be the key to creating an enjoyable experience for everyone!

Be Flexible:

Group camping can be a breeze when you mix both planning and flexibility. Being flexible allows your group to adapt and enjoy where the days go! Embrace spontaneity and be open to adjusting your itinerary or activities based on group preferences, weather conditions, or other factors. 

Activities to Do as a Group

Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley has a variety of daily activities and events for groups to take part in! However, if your group is celebrating a special occasion or looking for a private event space, our North Carolina camping resort has you covered!

Pavillion Rental:

Host gatherings and events at our pavilion rental spaces. Ideal for group meals, celebrations, and gatherings, our pavilions offer a scenic backdrop for your special occasions. We offer both a Mountain View and Lake View Pavillion, so you get to pick what works best for your group!


Celebrate birthdays in style at Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley! Enjoy a bear visit that creates magical moments for the birthday guest and friends. Additionally, cakes are available for purchase at the Ranger Station, so no need to worry about the hassle of packing one!

Plan Your Group Camping Adventure

Ready to plan your group camping adventure? Jellystone Park™ Golden Valley offers an exceptional group camping experience that promises unforgettable memories and meaningful connections. Camping with groups not only fosters strong bonds and creates lasting memories, but also offers a segue to a variety of fun and entertaining activities.


Come experience the magic of group camping at one of the best family campgrounds in North Carolina, and book your stay now!