Camping at Hibernia Park begins in April and continues Friday and Saturday nights through the second full weekend of November, weather permitting. Camping is available Sunday nights for the weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day.

  • The camping fee is $20.00  per night, per campsite for Residents and camping fee of $30.00 per night, per campsite for Non-Residents.
  • A maximum of 6 people and 2 tents are allowed per site.
  • Only 2 vehicles are permitted at each site. Be sure to fill out and use the hang tag in your vehicle.
  • All campers are required to adhere to all Campground Rules & Regulations

Availability is first-come, first-served and the person registering must be at least 18 years old and one of the campers.

Fiddler's Campground is enclosed by woods but close to Fiddler’s Field and Mercer Stage. This campground is recommended for small camp trailers and RVs. There is no dump station available. Quiet generators are permitted.

Lake Campground is partially-wooded, partially-open and within view of Chambers Lake. Boat/kayak launch accessible. Tent camping only.

Select and reserve a campsite


Pavilions are available April through the second full weekend of November of each year at Hibernia, Nottingham and Warwick Parks. Reservations must be received at least three days in advance of the requested date. Reservations can be scheduled up to 12 months in advance.

Pavilion Type  Daily Fee
Small Pavilion - Resident $100
Small Pavilion - Non-Resident $150
Large Pavilion - Resident $150
Large Pavilion - Non-Resident $200

Special Events

A location or venue can be the most important factor in planning any special event. All other planning is in some way based upon the location, whether it is size, scope, logistics, or other requirements. It is because of these important factors that we recommend obtaining a permit for the location as the first step of any special event. 

The Chester County Department of Parks + Preservation (CCPP) hosts a wide variety of special events throughout its Parks + Trails including festivals, community events, non-profit fundraisers, weddings, 5K's, trail runs and rides, celebratory or awareness activities, etc. We welcome new and returning events alike. We will walk you through our special event permit process and provide information, rules, and regulations that are important in planning your event.

Individuals or groups wishing to host a special event on park property or trail must apply for a special events permit. Our team looks forward to working with you on creating a successful event with experiences and memories to last a lifetime!

Host a Special Event at a Chester County Park or Trail

Please read the following information carefully before completing the permit request.  Please submit the request, along with $25 non-refundable application fee.  Applications need 60 days notice for processing.

Application Procedure

  • Any organized activity involving the use of open fields, multiple facilities and roadways, which include or necessitate the deployment of additional county staff, emergency services personnel, or volunteers for the safe and orderly movement of people, the proper use of CCPP resources and other public infrastructure, and the conduct of activities involving a higher potential of risk and liability shall require a Special Event Permit. While we have tried to make this process as simple as possible, please be aware that in some cases, you may need to contact municipal, state or federal agencies in addition to CCPP for specific permits. The applicant may be any member of the sponsoring organization who has been authorized by the organization to apply. The authorized applicant must be 18 years of age and available to work closely with the park staff throughout the process.
  • During the review process, you will be notified if the event requires any additional information or permits. 
  • All required documents must be included with the application, along with the $25 non-refundable application fee paid through our online system.
  • The special event is not confirmed until all necessary pre-event fees are paid, additional requirements are submitted, and the department has reviewed and approved your special event permit request.  

Eligible Applicants

  • The application process begins with electronic submission of a special events request. Intake of the application does not imply approval or confirmation of the request.
  • Applicants must be a 501C3 if there are any fees, donation, participation or entry costs associated with the event or activity. 
    • IRS 501C3 tax exemption letter or proof of tax exempt status must be included with the application for these events

Fees & Costs

  • $100 assembly fee will be collected for each approved event.  If approved, the non-refundable $25 application fee will be credited towards the assembly fee.
  • Any requests for additional or multiple areas of use including pavilions, fields, gathering areas, stages, buildings, docks, etc. will be charged at the going rate for these facilities. 
  • All costs incurred by CCPP in conjunction with the event (i.e. staff support/supervision, equipment, supplies, etc.) shall be reimbursed in full.
  • Damages due to the event will be invoiced to the organization based on cost of repair, clean-up, and park or trail restoration. 
  • Additional Staff Costs (if required)
    • Ranger or Maintenance - $60/hr
    • Administrative - $75/hr
Group SizeCounty Resident Non County Resident 
Small Group 20-100 Attendees $100$150
Medium Group 101 - 250 $250 $400
Large Group 251 - 500$500$750
XL Group 501 - 1000$1000$1500
Major Group 1001 + $2000$3000

Insurance Requirements

  • Applicant is required to provide a certificate of general liability insurance including bodily injury and property damage in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence with an aggregate of $2,000,000 naming County of Chester as an additionally insured. Insurance coverage must be maintained for the duration of the event.  Be sure to upload this document when you submit your special event request.

Rules & Regulations

  • A CCPP park or trail cannot be reserved for the exclusive use of one group. Access to the parks by the general public must be available at all times. Areas may be roped off or otherwise secured if CCPP grants this as a specified condition, but we cannot guarantee that the public will not enter the event area. Please keep in mind that our regional parks are in excess of 300 acres with several in excess of 600 acres; multiple uses of the parks do not normally compromise your event.
  • Applicant must comply with all County of Chester Real Estate Rules & Regulations.
  • CCPP, as deemed necessary, may impose special rules, regulations and restrictions.

Set Up/ Assembly

  • A sketch of the site layout for the event should be uploaded when you submit your special event request.
  • Some events may require more than one day for set up or the construction plan may be too complex to describe on the application form. In these cases, a detailed plan, a timeline listing various times and locations where impact to public property may occur, and dismantling schedule must be submitted. Additional fees may apply.
  • Any request for park personnel support (e.g. labor, equipment, etc.) must be included in the application.
  • CCPP must approve all uses of existing and/or temporary lighting. Depending on the level and complexity, an illuminating engineer or certified electrician may be required to certify that installation and mountings are safe and secure. Temporary lighting shall be directed away from abutting streets and properties.

Parking/ Shuttles/ Mitigation of Impact

  • Parking shall be limited to areas designated. In some situations when sufficient parking is not available, the event organizer may be required to provide a plan to transport/shuttle participants from an off-site area to the event.
  • Applicant may be required to provide adequate volunteers (with safety vests) for the purpose of directing patron parking. In case of younger participants assisting, individuals ages 14 and under are not permitted to be positioned within 35 feet of a roadway or heavily traveled section of the parking facility.
  • Unfavorable weather and wet soils may result in park grounds being unusable for adequate parking for an approved event.
  • For large scale events, applicant is required to include mitigation plans for negative consequences imposed on others by the event. Mitigation may include local press release to community newspapers, radio, television and flyers to those residents who will be affected by the event. Notices must reflect the date(s), day(s), time(s), location(s) and types of activities taking place at the event. The notice must give detour or alternate route information if access is affected. A draft sample of the stated method of distribution and proposed list of recipients must be attached to the application.
  • Applicant shall be responsible for leaving the facility in an “as good or better condition” than the site was found prior to the start of the event. Failure to perform adequate clean up and/or should damage occur to CCPP property or facilities, the applicant will be billed at full cost recovery rates plus overhead for cleanup and repairs.
  • Consider hosting your trail event registration at a location other than a major trail access area.  All tables and booths must be at least 20 feet from the edge of the trail. 
  • Authorized Trail Parking Areas
    • Chester Valley Trail
      • Trailhead at 140 Church Farm Lane, Exton
      • Trailhead at Warner Road in Lower Marion Township, Montgomery County (managed by Montgomery County, Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites)
    • Schuylkill River Trail
      • Cromby Trailhead at 829 Township Line Road, Phoenixville
    • Struble Trail
      • Trailhead at Norwood Road, Downingtown

Toilet Facilities/ Sanitation/ Recycling

  • Applicant must provide one portable toilet for every 200 people anticipated. This figure is based upon the maximum anticipated event participants. 
  • Recyclables generated at the event (i.e., aluminum cans, glass, plastic, cardboard, etc.) shall be collected and appropriately disposed.
  • Applicant is responsible for the removal of all trash, litter, debris, etc. associated with the event. The applicant must make arrangements with park staff to supply an adequate number of trash receptacles, and to have trash and other materials removed from the park or trail periodically during the event and immediately upon conclusion of the event.
  • Applicant shall be responsible for leaving the facility in an “as good or better condition” than the site was found prior to the start of the event. Failure to perform adequate clean up and/or should damage occur to CCPP property or facilities, the applicant will be billed at full cost recovery rates plus overhead for cleanup and repairs.

Food Concessions

  • The selling or offering for sale any goods, services, liquids, or edibles for human consumption are prohibited without the proper approvals.
  • The Chester County Health Department provides food service guidelines. These allow the applicant to plan food handling, preparation and distribution in the most responsible and appropriate manner. Applicant shall be required to comply with all Health Department guidelines. The Health Department can be reached at 610-344-6225.
  • The Health Department may require permits if food or beverages are to be sold or given away during the event. Applicant must obtain all required permits and to have them available on site during the event for review.
  • Glass containers are prohibited on the trails.
  • All grease and oils from cooking will be removed from site.  No illegal dumping of grease or oils on CCPP property, in trash cans, or dumpsters is allowed.
  • No food, liquid, ice, or any other substance may be dumped on CCPP grounds.
  • Contracted vendors shall be required to provide proof of insurance naming the County of Chester.

Entertainment/ Attractions/ Related Activities

  • Applicant must ensure that all event activities comply with local laws applicable to noise abatement. If not in compliance Applicant can be required to cease all noise.
  • If CCPP determines noise levels from your event exceeds allowable levels, applicant may be required to stop and/or lessen the noise level. Allowable levels are determined by Township ordinances and Chester County guidelines.
  • Banners, signs and similar displays are regulated by rules and regulations. Exterior signs and banners on public roadways may be subject to municipal sign ordinances.
  • CCPP does not provide electricity on the trails. 

Crowd Control/ Security/ Supervision

  • A plan for crowd control and security may be required as part of the application.
  • CCPP may require additional rangers to be on-duty throughout the event, in which additional fees apply.
  • The Applicant must be immediately available on site the day of the event, with authority over all elements of the event. The Applicant must provide the CCPP with a cellular phone number during the event.
  • CCPP staff may make periodic checks to ensure proper utilization of park or trail facilities.
  • Event guests shall comply immediately with all directions or requests made by CCPP staff acting in their official capacity

Moving Route/ Street Closures

  • When planning a moving route (e.g. trail race) on or beyond county real estate, applicant is required to submit a plan identifying all road crossings, travel routes and closures. This will be evaluated as part of the planning process. The following must be considered in planning the route: Applicant will be required to obtain all traffic safety equipment required. Depending on the type of event, this may require barricades, traffic cones, signs, etc. Any volunteers along the route will be required to wear the current standard visibility vests.
    • Impedance of emergency (fire, police or paramedic) vehicles
    • Conflict with public transportation
    • Safety of participants
    • Interference with both motorized and/or pedestrian traffic patterns
    • Inconvenience to other park users
    • The route with the least impact must be offered as one alternate
    • No permanent marking allowed
  • CCPP may require park staff and/ or emergency services to be on site throughout the event.
  • Applicant is responsible for contacting state and local officials relative to road closures outside of the park.

Accessibility Plan

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to comply with all established disability requirements applicable to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Promotion/ Advertising

  • CCPP must issue formal approval of the event prior to the start of any promotion or advertisement of the event.

Cancellation/ Weather Policy

  • CCPP has the right to cancel or shut down an event due to severe weather conditions. Applicant is encouraged to have an Inclement Weather Plan.
  • If you decide to cancel your event, please notify the park at least five working days prior to the scheduled event. Depending on the scope of the event and notification time, a cancellation fee may apply. 

Affidavit of Application

  • The applications must be completed to be considered
  • All supporting materials must be included at time of submission or be cause for refusal to review and subsequent rejection and/or denial.
  • The applicant must be prompt in furnishing information from follow-up inquiries by CCPP staff.

Thank you for considering a Chester County Department of Parks + Preservation Park or Trail for your upcoming special event.

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