CHIMNEY RIDGE CAMPING
2 tents, 4 people and 1 vehicle max per site. Good for 4 nights (Thurs 11am – Mon 10am). Two options for Chimney Ridge camping: 1) Camp beside your car; or 2) Park and walk to a spot of your choosing. When you arrive at Chimney Ridge, our Staff will direct you to the area of your choosing. Once the festival begins on Friday, there will be limited access to drive into Chimney Ridge. Basically, once you’re there, plan to stay! 3-day General Admission tickets are required for all campers in your party. NO PETS.
Note: small, tear-drop style campers without generators are allowed, see below for more info. If your set-up can fit in a 20×20 spot (including your car), it may just work! The technical qualifications for a camper on Chimney Ridge are: 1) Must be towed in with an AWD/4WD vehicle; 2) Your detached camper and car need to fit into the 20’x20’ car-camping campspot; and 3) No generators of any type are allowed on Chimney Ridge.
Last year was the first year of Chimney Ridge camping at Red Wing. It was beautiful and spacious and we learned a lot about how we can improve the experience. For starters, there is a single Chimney Ridge camping ticket this year. When you arrive, just let the staff know if you prefer car camping or to park in the Chimney Ridge lot and find a spot of your choosing. They will direct you on where to head next. Below are a few additional things you can look forward to in 2021.
Three Trails to Chimney Ridge
While you’re at the festival, there are three different trails you can use to easily move between the music, activities and Chimney Ridge camping: Water Tower Road, The Hill Stage Trail and The Gulley Trail.
The Gravel Loop (Water Tower Road) will be open to pedestrians and bikers during the entire festival. We will have lighting from the entrance next to the Mist Pavilion up to the point where the road enters the meadow at Chimney Ridge. Motorized vehicles will also be on this road, so sharing the road will be important! While this is a one-way road for vehicles and bikes, if you’re on foot, the choice of direction is yours. Be sure to carry a flashlight at all times when it’s dark!
The Hill Stage Trail runs from Chimney Ridge to The Hill Stage. This trail will have lighting and is a comfortable, easy terrain to walk.
The Gulley Trail runs from Chimney Ridge to the opening of Z lot, closest to the Music Meadow. This trail will not having lighting and is a much steeper and trickier terrain. While you’re welcome to use it whenever you’ll want to be prepared for more of a climb and having a flashlight with you if you’re traversing at night.
Which set-up is right for you?
Key Points to Camp beside your car:
- Approximately 20’x 20’ site (including your car).
- You will be directed to your spot by Chimney Ridge staff.
- Most spots are in the sun.
- Small campers that can be detached and fit in the 20’x20’ spot with your vehicle allowed. Vans and Truck slide-in campers are included, as long as they fit within the 20’x20’ site. If you are towing your camper, your vehicle must be all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive for Chimney Ridge. No generators allowed in Chimney Ridge, no exceptions.
Key Points to Park and Walk:
- Choose the type of terrain and location you like: shaded, wooded or open meadow. Depending on where you choose to set up, you may have more room to spread out.
- Your car will be parked nearby in the Chimney Ridge Parking Lot.
FAQs for Chimney Ridge:
1. Can I bring my camper to Chimney Ridge? Yes, we are allowing SMALL campers on Chimney Ridge. If you have a tear-drop, camper van or slide-in camper set-up that could fit in a 20×20 spot (including your car), it may just work! The technical qualifications for a camper on Chimney Ridge are: 1) Must be towed in with an AWD/4WD vehicle. 2) Your detached camper and car need to fit into the 20’x20’ car-camping campspot. 3) No generators of any type are allowed on Chimney Ridge.
2. Are there any designated family or quiet camping areas? There will be an area designated “Quiet Camping.” There is a lot of room on Chimney Ridge so hopefully the noise from the rest of the camping area will be buffered. However, please understand that noise does travel and while we will do our best to provide a nice “quiet camping” area, we can’t make any guarantees.
3. Can I save spots for other friends or family who are camping but come at different times? Maybe. The only guarantee for your group to be camped beside each other is to arrive at the same time. If you are arriving at different times, our Chimney Ridge staff will work to accommodate your needs but there’s no guarantee.
4. Is there a designated ADA area on Chimney Ridge? Yes. Please let campground staff know if you need this when you arrive. You will be able to park your car beside your tent in this area.
5. What if we have two vehicles? You can only have one car per camping ticket on Chimney Ridge. If you have a second car it will need to be parked in GA parking and you will need to either walk up to Chimney Ridge with your gear (10-15 minute walk) or wait in line to catch a golf cart shuttle at Front Gate (shuttle lines can be long). If you need a second car at Chimney Ridge you’ll need to purchase a second Chimney Ridge camping ticket. Again, one car per camping ticket. We recommend carpooling for your group, but if you must bring a second car, be sure to purchase a GA parking ticket.
6. Can I drop off gear close to where I want to camp before parking? Yes, you will be able to drop off gear. However we do ask that you keep your vehicle on the gravel road unless directed by Chimney Ridge staff. When you arrive, you’ll be able to decide where you want to pitch your tent. It is up to you how close you want to be to the bathrooms, trails, road, food vendors, and drop off areas. There is room to spread out and the choice is yours.
7. Can we have a personal fire at our campsite? Yes. You will be required to have a metal fire container or ring, which you can bring along or rent from Chimney Ridge Staff. Fires must be attended at all times, with both fires and ashes thoroughly extinguished when leaving the area or going to bed. No bonfires allowed. Chimney Ridge Staff may require certain fires be extinguished if they are deemed dangerous to people or property.
8. Will there be firewood for sale? Yes. You may either scrounge in the woods for fallen wood or purchase firewood from the Chimney Ridge campground staff. Please do NOT bring firewood with you as it could contain invasive bugs and critters dangerous to our forest.
9. Will there be bathrooms, water and showers on Chimney Ridge? We will have drinking water and portajons easily accessible. Showers will be available in the Z Lot Campground which is about a 5min walk or quick shuttle ride from Chimney Ridge. You are also welcome to bring personal shower options such as this or this.
10. How often will the shuttle run between the Chimney Ridge camping area and the Music Meadow? The Chimney Ridge shuttles will run continually throughout the day. There should almost always be a ride coming soon if you need one. Of course, it is a beautiful and shaded walk, so you may just choose to stroll.
11. How long is the walk to the Music Meadow? We’ve timed the walk both by trail and road. Whichever way you choose to go, it is less than a 10min walk.
12. Is it an option to bike from Chimney Ridge to the Music Meadow? Yes, the gravel road that loops through Chimney Ridge will be open to bikers and walkers alike this year. We advise caution since it’s gravel and has some steep sections and it will be shared with a limited number of motorized vehicles.
13. What about food and coffee? We’ve got you covered. There will be a coffee and a food vendor stationed on Chimney Ridge to help get the day started and keep it going.
Have additional questions? Email us at [email protected]