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Alabama

National Forest

Conecuh National Forest
31°05′N 86°38′W
83,983 acres (339.9 km2)
Managed together with Alabama’s other national forests, Conecuh has two areas designated for recreation: Blue Lake and Open Pond. The dry, sandy uplands support longleaf pine forests, while the bottomlands have sinkhole ponds, springs, and swamps.

Tuskegee National Forest
32°28′N 85°36′W
11,349 acres (45.9 km2)
Tuskegee National Forest’s Bartram National Recreation Trail was Alabama’s first National Recreation Trail. Tuskegee is one of the smallest national forests and is managed together with Alabama’s other national forests.

Talladega National Forest
33°26′N 85°51′W
393,006 acres (1,590.4 km2)
Talladega National Forest includes the Cheaha and Dugger Mountain wilderness areas. The Talladega Scenic Byway and Pinhoti National Recreation Trail cross the forest. Talladega is managed together with Alabama’s other national forests.

William B. Bankhead National Forest
34°14′N 87°20′W
181,988 acres (736.5 km2)
This forest contains 153 mi (246 km) of trails and the Sipsey Wilderness, which at 24,922 acres (10,086 ha) is the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. It is managed together with Alabama’s other national forests.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Alaska

National Forest

Tongass National Forest
56°48′N 133°54′W
16,748,360 acres (67,778.2 km2)
The largest national forest, Tongass spans 500 mi (800 km) in southeast Alaska from the Canada–US border to the Pacific Ocean. Nearly one-third of the forest is covered by 19 wilderness areas. The forest includes Misty Fjords and Admiralty Island National Monuments.

Chugach National Forest
60°28′N 149°07′W
5,419,095 acres (21,930.3 km2)
As the third largest national forest, Chugach covers three unique landscapes: the Copper River Delta, Eastern Kenai Peninsula, and Prince William Sound. Many of the streams contain salmon and trout, and glaciers still carve the land here. Over half of the forest is tundra and glaciers.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Alaska State Office
222 W 7th Avenue #13
Anchorage, AK 99513
Phone: 907-271-5960
Fax: 907-271-3684

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 10: Alaska
PO Box 21628
Juneau, AK 99802-1628
907-586-8806

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Arizona

National Forest

Tonto National Forest
33°52′N 111°17′W
2,866,663 acres (11,601.0 km2)
Tonto National Forest stretches from the Sonoran Desert to the pine forests at the Mogollon Rim. There are eight wilderness areas and several lakes and reservoirs in the forest.

Prescott National Forest
34°35′N 112°36′W
1,257,005 acres (5,086.9 km2)
Vegetation in Prescott National Forest ranges from that characteristic of the Sonoran Desert at lower elevations to Ponderosa pine at higher elevations. There are eight wilderness areas and 450 mi (720 km) of trails in the forest.

Coconino National Forest
34°45′N 111°33′W
1,852,201 acres (7,495.6 km2)
The San Francisco Peaks, Mogollon Rim, and Oak Creek Canyon can be found in Coconino National Forest. The forest’s Sycamore Canyon is the second largest canyon in Arizona’s red rock country. The forest also contains Humphreys Peak, which at 12,637 ft (3,852 m) is the highest point in Arizona.

Kaibab National Forest
35°56′N 112°09′W
1,561,060 acres (6,317.4 km2)
Located on the Colorado Plateau to both the north and south of Grand Canyon National Park, elevations in Kaibab National Forest reach 10,418 ft (3,175 m) on Kendrick Mountain in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness. There is over 300 mi (480 km) of trails in the forest, including through the Kanab Creek Wilderness.

Coronado National Forest
32°30′N 110°40′W
1,718,945 acres (6,956.3 km2)
Covering the sky islands of the Southwest, Coronado National Forest also includes Mount Wrightson and the birding destination of Madera Canyon. There are eight wilderness areas in the forest as well as observatories on Mount Hopkins and Mount Lemmon.

Apache–Sitgreaves National Forest
33°44′N 109°05′W
2,626,306 acres (10,628.3 km2)
Encompassing the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains, this forest includes 34 lakes and over 680 miles (1,090 km) of rivers and streams, more than any other national forest in the arid Southwest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Arizona State Office
One North Central Ave., Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4427
Phone: 602-417-9200
Fax: 602-417-9556

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 3: Southwestern Region
333 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-842-3292
TTY: 505-842-3198

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

National Recreation Areas (NRAs)

The National Park Service (NPS) has recreation areas where you can boat, off-road, fish, etc. where you can boondock.

Glen Canyon and Lake Mead

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Arkansas

National Forest

Ozark–St. Francis National Forest
35°42′N 93°21′W
1,153,374 acres (4,667.5 km2)
Ozark–St. Francis National Forest has more than 400 mi (640 km) of trails, including the Ozark Highlands Trail. Blanchard Springs Caverns is a three-level cave system that is open for public tours.

Ouachita National Forest
34°38′N 94°04′W
1,785,468 acres (7,225.5 km2)
Including the namesake Ouachita Mountains, this forest has nearly 800,000 acres (320,000 ha) of old-growth forest. The forest has two wilderness areas: Black Fork Mountain and Upper Kiamichi River.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

California

National Forest

Cleveland National Forest
32°45′N 116°36′W
425,580 acres (1,722.3 km2)
In southern California, Cleveland National Forest has a Mediterranean climate and four wilderness areas. There are 22 endangered plant and animal species found in the forest. With its highest point at 6,271 ft (1,911 m) on Monument Peak, elevations are not as high here as in most of California’s other national forests.

San Bernardino National Forest
34°03′N 116°57′W
678,980 acres (2,747.7 km2)
San Bernardino National Forest includes part of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. The forest surrounds Lake Arrowhead and other reservoirs.

Angeles National Forest
34°24′N 118°10′W
661,565 acres (2,677.3 km2)
Located in the San Gabriel Mountains at the edge of the Los Angeles metro area, this national forest includes five wilderness areas. Much of the forest is dense chaparral. Elevations in the forest range from 1,200 feet (370 m) to 10,064 feet (3,068 m) at the summit of Mount San Antonio.

Los Padres National Forest
34°32′N 119°46′W
1,772,237 acres (7,172.0 km2)
Encompassing portions of the California Coast and Transverse ranges of central California, Los Padres has ten wilderness areas covering about 48% of the forest. There are 1,257 mi (2,023 km) of trails and part of the Jacinto Reyes National Scenic Byway.

Sequoia National Forest
36°03′N 118°31′W
1,139,240 acres (4,610.3 km2)
Sequoia National Forest includes Giant Sequoia National Monument, both named for the giant sequoia, the largest tree species in the world. There is 2,500 mi (4,000 km) of maintained and abandoned roads and 850 mi (1,370 km) of trails in the forest, including the Pacific Crest Trail.

Sierra National Forest
37°16′N 119°12′W
1,311,231 acres (5,306.4 km2)
Sierra National Forest is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and elevations reach 13,986 ft (4,263 m). There is 1,800 mi (2,900 km) of streams, 480 lakes, 11 reservoirs, and 63 campgrounds in the forest.

Stanislaus National Forest
38°10′N 120°01′W
899,427 acres (3,639.9 km2)
Stanislaus National Forest has over 800 mi (1,300 km) of streams and four wilderness areas, including the Carson–Iceberg Wilderness. The Emigrant Wilderness borders the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park.

Eldorado National Forest
38°47′N 120°19′W
695,098 acres (2,813.0 km2)
In the Sierra Nevada, Eldorado National Forest has 611 mi (983 km) of fishable streams and 297 lakes and reservoirs. There is 349 mi (562 km) of trails and 2,367 mi (3,809 km) of roads in the forest. The forest’s Desolation Wilderness is the most visited wilderness area per acre in the country.

Tahoe National Forest
39°23′N 120°32′W
872,981 acres (3,532.8 km2)
Tahoe National Forest is in the Sierra Nevada northwest of Lake Tahoe. Part of the Granite Chief Wilderness is within the forest. The Middle Fork of the American, Yuba, and North Yuba rivers cross or border the forest.

Mendocino National Forest
39°38′N 122°51′W
915,532 acres (3,705.0 km2)
Mendocino is the only national forest in California not crossed by a paved highway. The forest’s Genetic Resource and Conservation Center produces plants for reforestation, watershed restoration, wildlife recovery, and other projects.

Plumas National Forest
39°56′N 120°49′W
1,189,554 acres (4,814.0 km2)
There are 127,000 acres (51,000 ha) of old-growth forest in Plumas National Forest. The Little Grass Valley Recreation Area surrounds Little Grass Valley Reservoir and includes a campground and boat launch, among other facilities and services.

Lassen National Forest
40°05′N 121°14′W
1,066,027 acres (4,314.1 km2)
Surrounding Lassen Volcanic National Park, this forest has three wilderness areas and 92,000 acres (37,000 ha) of old-growth Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests. Subway Cave is a lava tube that is 0.3 mi (0.48 km) long and open to the public.

Six Rivers National Forest
40°21′N 123°36′W
977,090 acres (3,954.1 km2)
Six Rivers National Forest was named for the Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad, Van Duzen, and Eel rivers. The forest includes the Salmon River system, all of which has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River.

Shasta–Trinity National Forest
41°08′N 122°12′W
2,229,286 acres (9,021.6 km2)
There is 6,278 mi (10,103 km) of streams in the forest, and elevations range from 1,000 ft (300 m) to 14,179 ft (4,322 m) on Mount Shasta. Five wilderness areas and 460 mi (740 km) of trails can be found in the forest.

Modoc National Forest
41°34′N 120°53′W
1,680,405 acres (6,800.4 km2)
Modoc National Forest contains the Medicine Lake Volcano, which has an elevation of 7,921 ft (2,414 m) and is the largest shield volcano in North America. There are 43,400 acres (17,600 ha) of old-growth forest here along with Mill Creek Falls in the South Warner Wilderness.

Inyo National Forest
37°30′N 118°39′W
1,957,264 acres (7,920.8 km2)
Located in the Sierra Nevada, Inyo includes Mono Lake, bristlecone pines, the Long Valley Caldera, nine wilderness areas, and Mount Whitney, which at 14,505 ft (4,421 m) is the highest point in the United States outside of Alaska.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit National Forest
38°55′N 119°58′W
152,008 acres (615.2 km2)
The Forest Service lands surrounding Lake Tahoe are managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, which was created in April 1973 in order to protect the lake’s unique ecological and recreational values.

Klamath National Forest
41°30′N 123°08′W
1,672,442 acres (6,768.1 km2)
Straddling the California–Oregon border, this forest has part of five wilderness areas, 152 mi (245 km) of wild and scenic rivers, and 200 mi (320 km) of rivers for rafting, including on the Klamath River. The Siskiyou mariposa lily is endemic to the forest, being found nowhere else in the world.

Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest
40°23′N 115°33′W
6,290,945 acres (25,458.6 km2)
As the largest national forest outside of Alaska, Humboldt–Toiyabe occupies many of the mountains of Nevada’s Basin and Range Province. Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is located near Las Vegas and is part of the forest.

Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest
41°58′N 123°08′W
1,718,893 acres (6,956.1 km2)
This forest ranges from the Cascade Range to the Siskiyou Mountains, and the Rogue River drains over 75% of the forest’s area. There are parts of eight wilderness areas in the forest as well as what may be the world’s tallest pine tree, a ponderosa pine that is 268.35 ft (81.79 m) tall.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

California State Office
2800 Cottage Way Suite W1623
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916-978-4400
Fax: 916-978-4416

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 5: Pacific Southwest Region
1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
707-562-8737
TTY: 707-562-9240

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Colorado

National Forest

San Juan National Forest
37°30′N 107°39′W
1,864,595 acres (7,545.7 km2)
San Juan National Forest includes Chimney Rock National Monument and elevations that range from 5,000 ft (1,500 m) to over 14,000 ft (4,300 m). The forest’s Weminuche Wilderness is the largest in Colorado at 499,771 acres (202,250 ha).

Rio Grande National Forest
37°43′N 106°37′W
1,837,661 acres (7,436.8 km2)
The headwaters of the Rio Grande are in the San Juan Mountains in the western part of the forest, while the Sangre de Cristo Mountains form the eastern boundary. Elevations reach 14,345 ft (4,372 m) at the summit of Blanca Peak, overlooking the San Luis Valley and Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Uncompahgre National Forest
38°16′N 108°07′W
951,767 acres (3,851.7 km2)
The northern portion of the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompahgre Plateau is located in this national forest. The forest also contains Uncompahgre Gorge and three wilderness areas.

San Isabel National Forest
38°24′N 105°56′W
1,108,639 acres (4,486.5 km2)
There are 19 of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners in San Isabel National Forest, including the highest point, Mount Elbert at 14,440 ft (4,400 m). The forest includes the Sawatch Range, Collegiate Peaks, and Sangre de Cristo Range and is managed together with Pike National Forest.

Gunnison National Forest
38°41′N 106°41′W
1,666,514 acres (6,744.1 km2)
Gunnison National Forest is located in the Rocky Mountains near Gunnison, Colorado. Among the seven wilderness areas in the forest are the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness. The Slumgullion Slide is a giant landslide due to the mineral montmorillonite.

Grand Mesa National Forest
39°05′N 107°54′W
345,939 acres (1,400.0 km2)
In western Colorado, Grand Mesa National Forest covers part of Battlement Mesa and most of Grand Mesa, the largest flattop mountain in the world with an average elevation of 10,500 ft (3,200 m). There are over 300 lakes in the forest. It is managed together with Gunnison National Forest and Uncompahgre National Forest.

Pike National Forest
39°10′N 105°27′W
1,096,146 acres (4,435.9 km2)
Pike National Forest includes Pikes Peak at an elevation of 14,115 ft (4,302 m) and three wilderness areas. Since 1975 the forest has been managed together with San Isabel National Forest.

White River National Forest
39°34′N 106°53′W
2,287,495 acres (9,257.2 km2)
White River National Forest has eight wilderness areas, twelve ski resorts, four large reservoirs, 2,500 mi (4,000 km) of trails, 1,900 mi (3,100 km) of roads, and ten peaks higher than 14,000 ft (4,300 m) in elevation.

Arapaho National Forest
39°41′N 105°56′W
720,418 acres (2,915.4 km2)
Arapaho National Forest is in the high Rockies and includes six wilderness areas. It is currently managed jointly with Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland. The highest paved road in North America ascends Mount Evans at an elevation of 14,265 ft (4,348 m).

Roosevelt National Forest
40°32′N 105°35′W
814,090 acres (3,294.5 km2)
Located in the Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, Roosevelt National Forest has part of six wilderness areas. It is managed together with Arapaho National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland.

Medicine Bow–Routt National Forest
41°14′N 106°15′W
2,210,327 acres (8,944.9 km2)
This forest contains many ranges of the Rocky Mountains with elevations ranging from 5,500 ft (1,700 m) to 12,940 ft (3,940 m). There are ten wilderness areas and Rob Roy Reservoir, which covers 500 acres (200 ha).

Manti-La Sal National Forest
38°23′N 109°01′W
1,269,984 acres (5,139.4 km2)
Including the La Sal and Abajo mountains of eastern Utah, elevations in this forest reach 12,721 ft (3,877 m) on Mount Peale. The Dark Canyon Wilderness is the only wilderness area in the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Colorado State Office
2850 Youngfield St.
Lakewood, CO 80215
Phone: 303-239-3600
Fax: 303-239-3933

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 2: Rocky Mountain Region
1617 Cole building 17
Lakewood CO 80401
303-275-5350
TTD / TTY: 303-275-5367

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Connecticut

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Delaware

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Florida

National Forest

Ocala National Forest
29°12′N 81°44′W
384,693 acres (1,556.8 km2)
Ocala protects the world’s largest sand pine scrub forest. There are more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs in the forest along with four wilderness areas. There are over 600 lakes and part of the Florida Trail in the forest.

Apalachicola National Forest
30°11′N 84°41′W
576,119 acres (2,331.5 km2)
As the largest national forest in Florida, Apalachicola includes over 2,700 acres (1,100 ha) of water and 67 mi (108 km) of the Florida Trail. There are caverns and sinkholes at the Leon Sinks Geological Area, while Fort Gadsden is along the Apalachicola River.

Osceola National Forest
30°19′N 82°27′W
160,192 acres (648.3 km2)
The Big Gum Swamp Wilderness is the forest’s only wilderness area, and the Osceola Research Natural Area was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The Civil War Battle of Olustee occurred in what is now the forest, and 23 mi (37 km) of the Florida National Scenic Trail passes through the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Georgia

National Forest

Chattahoochee–Oconee National Forest
34°45′N 84°07′W
866,763 acres (3,507.7 km2)
With 430 mi (690 km) of trails, this forest contains the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Georgia’s highest point, Brasstown Bald at 4,784 ft (1,458 m) is in the forest, and several Civil War battles were fought in the area.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Hawaii

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Idaho

National Forest

Boise National Forest
44°07′N 115°34′W
2,648,273 acres (10,717.2 km2)
Portions of the Boise, Payette, and South and Middle Forks of the Salmon River drainages make up the forest. There are over 7,600 mi (12,200 km) of streams and more than 250 lakes and reservoirs in the forest.

Payette National Forest
45°05′N 115°48′W
2,326,779 acres (9,416.1 km2)
Payette National Forest includes the Seven Devils Mountains and part of the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. It also borders Hells Canyon to the west and contains the Brundage Mountain ski area.

Salmon-Challis National Forest
45°07′N 114°09′W
4,226,973 acres (17,106.0 km2)
Salmon-Challis National Forest includes parts of both the Salmon River and the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. Idaho’s highest point, Borah Peak at 12,662 ft (3,859 m), is located in the Lost River Range in the forest.

Nez Perce National Forest
45°27′N 115°55′W
2,223,586 acres (8,998.5 km2)
Nez Perce National Forest includes parts of four wilderness areas: Frank Church–River of No Return, Gospel Hump, Hells Canyon, and Selway–Bitterroot. This forest is managed together with Clearwater National Forest.

Clearwater National Forest
46°33′N 115°09′W
1,682,068 acres (6,807.1 km2)
The forest covers the Bitterroot Mountains and Palouse Prairie as well as the Clearwater and Lochsa rivers. The Lewis and Clark Expedition followed the Lolo Trail through the forest in 1805, and gold miners came to the forest in the 1860s.

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Coeur d’Alene National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

St. Joe National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Kaniksu National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Sawtooth National Forest
41°54′N 113°29′W
1,802,133 acres (7,293.0 km2)
Sawtooth National Forest includes over 1,100 lakes, 1,000 mi (1,600 km) of trails and roads, and ten mountain ranges, with the highest point at 12,009 ft (3,660 m) on Hyndman Peak. The forest includes Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the Sawtooth Range, Sawtooth Wilderness, four ski areas, and four endemic species, being found nowhere else in the world.

Caribou–Targhee National Forest
41°57′N 112°08′W
2,624,739 acres (10,621.9 km2)
The forest’s Jedediah Smith Wilderness has many caves and the Winegar Hole Wilderness protects grizzly bear habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are on Henrys Fork of the Snake River and tours of Minnetonka Cave are available.

Bitterroot National Forest
45°46′N 114°17′W
1,594,579 acres (6,453.0 km2)
Bitterroot National Forest is located in the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains, reaching its highest point at 10,157 ft (3,096 m) at Trapper Peak. The forest is named for the bitterroot plant.

Kootenai National Forest
48°32′N 115°26′W
1,810,361 acres (7,326.3 km2)
Kootenai includes the Cabinet Mountains and the Kootenay and Clark Fork rivers. The Noxon and Cabinet Gorge reservoirs are on the Clark Fork within the forest. The Northwest Peak Scenic Area is in the Selkirk Mountains.

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
45°13′N 117°31′W
2,261,480 acres (9,151.9 km2)
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest stretches from the Blue Mountains to the Snake River. Elevations range from 875 ft (267 m) in Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, to 9,845 ft (3,001 m) at the summit of Sacajawea Peak in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.

Uinta–Wasatch–Cache National Forest
41°15′N 111°26′W
2,492,404 acres (10,086.4 km2)
There are nine wilderness areas in the forest, which occupies part of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains. Mount Nebo and Mount Timpanogos are located in wilderness areas at the edge of the Wasatch Front.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Idaho State Office
1387 South Vinnell Way
Boise, ID 83709
Phone: 208-373-4000
Fax: 208-373-3899

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Montana/Dakotas State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-896-5004
Fax: 406-896-5298

Region 4: Intermountain Region
Federal Building
324 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
801-625-5605

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Illinois

National Forest

Shawnee National Forest
37°30′N 88°48′W
273,482 acres (1,106.7 km2)
As Illinois’s only national forest, Shawnee is located in the southern part of the state and contains seven wilderness areas, including the Garden of the Gods. Among the many miles of hiking trails in the forest is the River to River Trail, which is 160 mi (260 km) long.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Indiana

National Forest

Hoosier National Forest
38°31′N 86°31′W
203,627 acres (824.0 km2)
The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest is 88 acres (36 ha) of old-growth forest in Hoosier National Forest. The forest’s Charles C. Deam Wilderness is Indiana’s only wilderness area.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Iowa

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Kansas

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 2: Rocky Mountain Region
1617 Cole building 17
Lakewood CO 80401
303-275-5350
TTD / TTY: 303-275-5367

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Kentucky

National Forest

Daniel Boone National Forest
37°17′N 83°52′W
564,168 acres (2,283.1 km2)
Encompassing part of the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains, Daniel Boone National Forest has two wilderness areas and several reservoirs. Scenic areas include Cumberland Falls, Red River Gorge, Yahoo Arch, and many caves.

Land Between The Lakes National Forest
36°46′39″N 88°3′47″W
171,251 acres (693.0 km2)
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation area is located in Western Kentucky and Tennessee and encompasses over 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on the largest inland peninsula in the United States. It is located between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

George Washington & Jefferson National Forest
38°12′N 79°21′W
1,792,209 acres (7,252.8 km2)
In the Appalachian Mountains, the highest point of the forest is Mount Rogers, also the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 ft (1,746 m) in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. There are 230,000 acres (93,000 ha) of old-growth forest here, and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail both run through the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Louisiana

National Forest

Kisatchie National Forest
31°00′N 92°37′W
607,540 acres (2,458.6 km2)
Kisatchie is Louisiana’s only national forest, covering old-growth pine forests and bald cypress groves in the bayous. There are 48 mammal species, 56 reptiles, 30 amphibians, and 155 breeding or overwintering birds in this forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Maine

National Forest

White Mountain National Forest
44°09′N 71°25′W
761,687 acres (3,082.4 km2)
This national forest is located in the White Mountains, which the Appalachian Trail and White Mountain Scenic Byway pass through. The forest includes Mount Washington, which at 6,288 ft (1,917 m) is the highest point in the Northeast and the location of the fastest wind speed recorded on earth, although the summit is located in a state park.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Maryland

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Massachusetts

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Michigan

National Forest

Huron–Manistee National Forest
44°33′N 83°52′W
975,130 acres (3,946.2 km2)
Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary is located around a small spring-fed lake in the forest. The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness has sand dunes up to 140 ft (43 m) high along Lake Michigan.

Hiawatha National Forest
46°10′N 86°40′W
898,475 acres (3,636.0 km2)
Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Hiawatha National Forest borders Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron. The forest is home to Grand Island National Recreation Area and five wilderness areas.

Ottawa National Forest
46°27′N 89°15′W
990,961 acres (4,010.3 km2)
Located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Ottawa National Forest stretches from Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. There are 500 named lakes, nearly 2,000 mi (3,200 km) of streams, and three wilderness areas in the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Minnesota

National Forest

Chippewa National Forest
47°24′N 94°08′W
671,952 acres (2,719.3 km2)
With 1,300 lakes and ponds, 925 mi (1,489 km) of rivers, and 440,000 acres (180,000 ha) of wetlands, there are many opportunities for boating and fishing in this forest. There are over 180 nesting pairs of bald eagles as well as Canada lynx, and sandhill cranes here.

Superior National Forest
47°50′N 91°31′W
2,093,590 acres (8,472.5 km2)
Superior National Forest includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which has over 1,500 mi (2,400 km) of canoe routes, 1,000 lakes, and 2,200 designated campsites. Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota at 2,301 ft (701 m), is also in the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Mississippi

National Forest

De Soto National Forest
31°02′N 88°59′W
532,100 acres (2,153.3 km2)
De Soto National Forest contains Mississippi’s only wilderness areas: Black Creek and Leaf River. The Black Creek and Tuxachanie National Recreation Trails provide 60 mi (97 km) of hiking opportunities. Black Creek has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River for 21 mi (34 km).

Homochitto National Forest
31°26′N 90°56′W
192,237 acres (778.0 km2)
Located in southern Mississippi, this forest is named for the Homochitto River, meaning “Big Red River.” Most of the forest is densely forested hills, but there are recreation facilities at Pipes Lake, Clear Springs, and Mount Nebo.

Bienville National Forest
32°16′N 89°30′W
180,251 acres (729.4 km2)
Located in central Mississippi, this forest includes several lakes and reservoirs and Harrell Prairie, the largest and least disturbed prairie in the state. Bienville Pines Scenic Area includes 189 acres (76 ha) of old-growth forest. It is managed collectively with Mississippi’s five other national forests.

Delta National Forest
32°45′N 90°46′W
62,109 acres (251.3 km2)
Delta National Forest contains the only bottomland hardwood forest in the National Forest System, located in the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The forest includes the Green Ash-Overcup Oak-Sweetgum Research Natural Areas, which is a National Natural Landmark because it contains remnant bottomland old-growth forest.

Tombigbee National Forest
33°56′N 88°56′W
67,468 acres (273.0 km2)
Located in northeastern Mississippi, Tombigbee National Forest covers rolling hills that were abandoned farmland before the forest was established. It is managed together with Mississippi’s other national forests.

Holly Springs National Forest
34°34′N 89°18′W
156,243 acres (632.3 km2)
In north-central Mississippi, Holly Springs National Forest has small lakes in upland forests and unique bottomlands. Chewalla and Puskus recreation areas surround the namesake lakes and have boat launches.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Missouri

National Forest

Mark Twain National Forest
37°00′N 91°30′W
1,504,881 acres (6,090.0 km2)
Missouri’s only national forest, Mark Twain contains seven wilderness areas and the Eleven Point National Wild and Scenic River. There are 19 natural areas in the forest that are managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Montana

National Forest

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Coeur d’Alene National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

St. Joe National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Kaniksu National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Gallatin National Forest
45°15′N 111°00′W
1,849,701 acres (7,485.5 km2)
Bordering the north side of Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin National Forest contains parts of both the Absaroka–Beartooth and Lee Metcalf wilderness areas. Quake Lake was formed on the Madison River when an earthquake launched a landslide across the river in 1959.

Beaverhead–Deerlodge National Forest
45°30′N 113°00′W
3,362,638 acres (13,608.1 km2)
The largest national forest in Montana, it encompasses several mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains. The forest includes the Anaconda–Pintler and Lee Metcalf wilderness areas and sections of the Continental Divide Trail and Nez Perce National Historic Trail.

Helena National Forest
46°33′N 112°12′W
The Continental Divide Trail travels almost 80 mi (130 km) through the forest, which surrounds Montana’s capital city. The Elkhorn Mountains are the only Wildlife Management unit in the National Forest System.

Lewis and Clark National Forest
46°55′N 110°38′W
1,871,490 acres (7,573.7 km2)
Located in north-central Montana, this forest includes seven mountain ranges and large portions of the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas. The forest operates the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls.

Lolo National Forest
47°09′N 114°26′W
2,237,961 acres (9,056.7 km2)
Located west of the Continental Divide and containing parts of four wilderness areas, this forest has 700 mi (1,100 km) of trails and over 100 named lakes. There are at least 20 fish species, 60 mammals, 300 birds, and 1,500 plants in the forest.

Flathead National Forest
48°01′N 113°48′W
2,413,573 acres (9,767.4 km2)
Bordering Glacier National Park, Flathead is home to grizzly bears, bull trout, and Canada lynx. The forest manages four wilderness areas, including the Bob Marshall and Great Bear wildernesses.

Bitterroot National Forest
45°46′N 114°17′W
1,594,579 acres (6,453.0 km2)
Bitterroot National Forest is located in the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains, reaching its highest point at 10,157 ft (3,096 m) at Trapper Peak. The forest is named for the bitterroot plant.

Kootenai National Forest
48°32′N 115°26′W
1,810,361 acres (7,326.3 km2)
Kootenai includes the Cabinet Mountains and the Kootenay and Clark Fork rivers. The Noxon and Cabinet Gorge reservoirs are on the Clark Fork within the forest. The Northwest Peak Scenic Area is in the Selkirk Mountains.

Custer National Forest
45°30′N 106°00′W
1,189,465 acres (4,813.6 km2)
Custer National Forest includes the Beartooth Highway and the Capitol Rock and the Castles National Natural Landmarks. The forest’s Absaroka–Beartooth Wilderness includes Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana at 12,807 ft (3,904 m).

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Montana/Dakotas State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-896-5004
Fax: 406-896-5298

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Montana/Dakotas State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-896-5004
Fax: 406-896-5298

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Nebraska

National Forest

Nebraska National Forest
41°42′N 100°22′W
140,813 acres (569.8 km2)
This forest was created in 1902 by Charles E. Bessey as an experiment to see if a forest could be created in treeless areas of the Great Plains for use as a national timber reserve. The Bessey Nursery is located in the northwest corner of the forest’s Bessey Ranger District.

Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
42°43′N 101°02′W
115,847 acres (468.8 km2)
Located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest is a combination of prairie and trees planted since 1903, of which ponderosa pine has been the most successful.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 2: Rocky Mountain Region
1617 Cole building 17
Lakewood CO 80401
303-275-5350
TTD / TTY: 303-275-5367

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Nevada

National Forest

Inyo National Forest
37°30′N 118°39′W
1,957,264 acres (7,920.8 km2)
Located in the Sierra Nevada, Inyo includes Mono Lake, bristlecone pines, the Long Valley Caldera, nine wilderness areas, and Mount Whitney, which at 14,505 ft (4,421 m) is the highest point in the United States outside of Alaska.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit National Forest
38°55′N 119°58′W
152,008 acres (615.2 km2)
The Forest Service lands surrounding Lake Tahoe are managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, which was created in April 1973 in order to protect the lake’s unique ecological and recreational values.

Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest
40°23′N 115°33′W
6,290,945 acres (25,458.6 km2)
As the largest national forest outside of Alaska, Humboldt–Toiyabe occupies many of the mountains of Nevada’s Basin and Range Province. Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is located near Las Vegas and is part of the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Blvd.
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: 775-861-6500
Fax: 775-861-6606

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 4: Intermountain Region
Federal Building
324 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
801-625-5605

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed with only one exception, Death Valley National Park.

National Recreation Areas (NRAs)

The National Park Service (NPS) has recreation areas where you can boat, off-road, fish, etc. where you can boondock.

Lake Mead

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

New Hampshire

National Forest

White Mountain National Forest
44°09′N 71°25′W
761,687 acres (3,082.4 km2)
This national forest is located in the White Mountains, which the Appalachian Trail and White Mountain Scenic Byway pass through. The forest includes Mount Washington, which at 6,288 ft (1,917 m) is the highest point in the Northeast and the location of the fastest wind speed recorded on earth, although the summit is located in a state park.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

New Jersey

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

New Mexico

National Forest

Coronado National Forest
32°30′N 110°40′W
1,718,945 acres (6,956.3 km2)
Covering the sky islands of the Southwest, Coronado National Forest also includes Mount Wrightson and the birding destination of Madera Canyon. There are eight wilderness areas in the forest as well as observatories on Mount Hopkins and Mount Lemmon.

Apache–Sitgreaves National Forest
33°44′N 109°05′W
2,626,306 acres (10,628.3 km2)
Encompassing the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains, this forest includes 34 lakes and over 680 miles (1,090 km) of rivers and streams, more than any other national forest in the arid Southwest.

Lincoln National Forest
32°57′N 105°26′W
1,095,470 acres (4,433.2 km2)
With portions of four mountain ranges, the Capitan, Guadalupe, Sacramento, and Sierra Blanca, elevations range from 4,000 ft (1,200 m) to 11,500 ft (3,500 m) in Lincoln National Forest. The forest was the birthplace of Smokey Bear.

Gila National Forest
33°17′N 108°20′W
2,658,321 acres (10,757.8 km2)
The forest’s Gila Wilderness was the world’s first wilderness area and was proclaimed on June 3, 1924. The Catwalk National Recreation Trail travels up a narrow canyon for 1.1 mi (1.8 km) while following Whitewater Creek.

Cibola National Forest
34°20′N 107°35′W
1,616,435 acres (6,541.5 km2)
Part of this national forest is four wilderness areas, including the Sandia Mountain Wilderness east of Albuquerque. Elevations range from 5,000 ft (1,500 m) to 11,301 ft (3,445 m) at the summit of Mount Taylor, a stratovolcano in the San Mateo Mountains.

Santa Fe National Forest
35°54′N 106°13′W
1,544,748 acres (6,251.4 km2)
Santa Fe National Forest’s highest point is Truchas Peak at 13,103 ft (3,994 m) in the Pecos Wilderness. There is 1,002 mi (1,613 km) of trails in the forest, which includes the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

Carson National Forest
36°30′N 106°04′W
1,486,372 acres (6,015.1 km2)
In the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this forest has over 600 mi (970 km) of trails and Taos Ski Valley. The highest point in the forest is Wheeler Peak, also New Mexico’s highest point, at 13,161 ft (4,011 m).

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

New Mexico State Office
301 Dinosaur Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Phone: 505-954-2000
Fax: 505-954-2010

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 3: Southwestern Region
333 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-842-3292
TTY: 505-842-3198

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

New York

National Forest

Finger Lakes National Forest
42°31′N 76°47′W
16,352 acres (66.2 km2)
Located between Seneca and Cayuga lakes, Finger Lakes National Forest is one of the smallest national forests. The Gorge Trail enters a small gorge in the forest, and the North Country Trail crosses part of the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

North Carolina

National Forest

Croatan National Forest
34°52′N 77°00′W
161,325 acres (652.9 km2)
The only coastal National Forest on the east coast, Croatan includes estuaries and pocosins. The forest is home to carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap and pitcher plants. Cedar Point is a recreation area at the mouth of the White Oak River.

Nantahala National Forest
35°12′N 83°33′W
532,300 acres (2,154.1 km2)
In southwestern North Carolina, this forest includes the Nantahala Gorge and Nantahala River. There is 600 mi (970 km) of trails in the forest with elevations ranging from 1,200 ft (370 m) to 5,800 ft (1,800 m) on Lone Bald.

Uwharrie National Forest
35°24′N 79°56′W
51,218 acres (207.3 km2)
Uwharrie National Forest borders the eastern side of Badin Lake and has one wilderness area: the Birkhead Mountains Wilderness. The forest is managed together with North Carolina’s other national forests.

Pisgah National Forest
35°48′N 82°20′W
509,283 acres (2,061.0 km2)
Elevations in Pisgah National Forest reach over 6,000 ft (1,800 m), and there are 46,600 acres (18,900 ha) of old-growth forests, including 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) in Linville Gorge. There are three wilderness areas in the forest: Linville Gorge, Middle Prong, and Shining Rock.

Cherokee National Forest
35°52′N 83°03′W
656,394 acres (2,656.3 km2)
Cherokee National Forest has eleven wilderness areas, three large lakes, and over 600 mi (970 km) of trails, including 150 mi (240 km) of the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains. There are 43 mammal species, 154 fish species, 55 amphibian species, and 262 bird species in the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

North Dakota

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Montana/Dakotas State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-896-5004
Fax: 406-896-5298

Region 2: Rocky Mountain Region
1617 Cole building 17
Lakewood CO 80401
303-275-5350
TTD / TTY: 303-275-5367

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 1: Northern Region
Federal Building
26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
406-329-3511
From a TTY, call 711 to be connected to a Forest Service phone number.

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Ohio

National Forest

Wayne National Forest
39°10′N 82°25′W
243,180 acres (984.1 km2)
Ohio’s only national forest, Wayne is located in the Appalachian foothills and has over 300 mi (480 km) of trails. The North Country Trail passes through several sections of the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Oklahoma

National Forest

Ouachita National Forest
34°38′N 94°04′W
1,785,468 acres (7,225.5 km2)
Including the namesake Ouachita Mountains, this forest has nearly 800,000 acres (320,000 ha) of old-growth forest. The forest has two wilderness areas: Black Fork Mountain and Upper Kiamichi River.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Oregon

National Forest

Klamath National Forest
41°30′N 123°08′W
1,672,442 acres (6,768.1 km2)
Straddling the California–Oregon border, this forest has part of five wilderness areas, 152 mi (245 km) of wild and scenic rivers, and 200 mi (320 km) of rivers for rafting, including on the Klamath River. The Siskiyou mariposa lily is endemic to the forest, being found nowhere else in the world.

Fremont–Winema National Forest
42°34′N 120°52′W
2,253,796 acres (9,120.8 km2)
Encompassing the Warner Mountains and bordering Crater Lake National Park, Fremont–Winema National Forest also includes the semi-arid areas of the Oregon Outback. The Gearhart Mountain Wilderness is near the center of the forest.

Umpqua National Forest
43°13′N 122°35′W
986,120 acres (3,990.7 km2)
Umpqua National Forest is in the Cascade Range of southwestern Oregon and includes three wilderness areas. Watson Falls is a waterfall that is 272 ft (83 m) high on Watson Creek, a tributary of the Clearwater River.

Deschutes National Forest
43°50′N 121°32′W
1,612,218 acres (6,524.4 km2)
On the east side of the Cascade Range, Deschutes National Forest includes Newberry National Volcanic Monument and five wilderness areas. Lava River Cave, at 5,211 ft (1,588 m) long, is Oregon’s longest lava tube.

Willamette National Forest
44°07′N 122°11′W
1,681,674 acres (6,805.5 km2)
Willamette National Forest is in the Cascade Range, stretching from Mount Jefferson to Mount Washington. About 20% of the forest is designated wilderness, but there is also 6,000 mi (9,700 km) of roads in the forest.

Malheur National Forest
44°15′N 118°51′W
1,480,818 acres (5,992.7 km2)
In the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, Malheur National Forest’s highest point is Strawberry Mountain at 9,038 ft (2,755 m). The Cedar Grove Botanical Area contains the only stand of Alaska yellow cedar east of the Cascade Range in the United States.

Ochoco National Forest
44°22′N 120°07′W
854,817 acres (3,459.3 km2)
Ochoco National Forest contains a variety of odd geological formations, 95,000 acres (38,000 ha) of old-growth forest, the headwaters of the Crooked River, and three wilderness areas. Stein’s Pillar is a 350 ft (110 m) tall rock column in the Ochoco Mountains.

Siuslaw National Forest
44°32′N 123°53′W
630,291 acres (2,550.7 km2)
Siuslaw National Forest includes Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, three wilderness areas, and Cascade Head Scenic Research Area among the Central Oregon Coast Range. Marys Peak Scenic Botanical Area includes Marys Peak, which at 4,097 ft (1,249 m) is the forest’s highest point.

Mount Hood National Forest
45°16′N 121°49′W
1,069,427 acres (4,327.8 km2)
This forest is named for and contains Mount Hood, the highest point in Oregon at 11,249 ft (3,429 m). The forest stretches from the Columbia River Gorge and includes Mount Hood National Recreation Area and nine wilderness areas.

Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest
41°58′N 123°08′W
1,718,893 acres (6,956.1 km2)
This forest ranges from the Cascade Range to the Siskiyou Mountains, and the Rogue River drains over 75% of the forest’s area. There are parts of eight wilderness areas in the forest as well as what may be the world’s tallest pine tree, a ponderosa pine that is 268.35 ft (81.79 m) tall.

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
45°13′N 117°31′W
2,261,480 acres (9,151.9 km2)
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest stretches from the Blue Mountains to the Snake River. Elevations range from 875 ft (267 m) in Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, to 9,845 ft (3,001 m) at the summit of Sacajawea Peak in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.

Umatilla National Forest
45°38′N 118°11′W
1,405,898 acres (5,689.5 km2)
Located in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, Umatilla National Forest includes three wilderness areas, occupying over 20% of the forest. The forest has over 715 mi (1,151 km) of trails, 2,000 mi (3,200 km) of roads, and one of the largest elk herds in any National Forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Oregon/Washington State Office
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208
Phone: 503-808-6001
Fax: 503-808-6422

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 6: Pacific Northwest Region
333 SW First Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204-3440
P.O. Box 3623
Portland, OR 97208-3623503-808-2468

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Pennsylvania

National Forest

Allegheny National Forest
41°39′N 79°01′W
513,655 acres (2,078.7 km2)
Pennsylvania’s only national forest includes Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir on the Allegheny Plateau in the northwestern part of the state. The forest contains the largest tract of remaining old-growth forest in Pennsylvania at Tionesta Scenic and Research Natural Areas and 10 mi (16 km) of the North Country Trail.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Puerto Rico

National Forest

El Yunque National Forest
18°17′N 65°48′W
28,683 acres (116.1 km2)
The only tropical rainforest in the National Forest System, higher elevations of El Yunque National Forest receive nearly 200 in (510 cm) of rainfall per year. There are 240 tree species in the forest, 23 of which are endemic to the forest, being found nowhere else in the world.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Rhode Island

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

South Carolina

National Forest

Francis Marion National Forest
33°10′N 79°42′W
258,673 acres (1,046.8 km2)
Francis Marion National Forest is home to 150 mi (240 km) of streams and a variety of wildlife, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. There are four wilderness areas in the forest, and it is managed together with Sumter National Forest.

Sumter National Forest
34°00′N 82°15′W
372,778 acres (1,508.6 km2)
Sumter National Forest contains 22 waterfalls with drops ranging from 12 ft (3.7 m) to 150 ft (46 m) and is part of the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, the only wilderness located in three states.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

South Dakota

National Forest

Custer National Forest
45°30′N 106°00′W
1,189,465 acres (4,813.6 km2)
Custer National Forest includes the Beartooth Highway and the Capitol Rock and the Castles National Natural Landmarks. The forest’s Absaroka–Beartooth Wilderness includes Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana at 12,807 ft (3,904 m).

Black Hills National Forest
44°00′N 103°47′W
1,250,866 acres (5,062.1 km2)
Consisting predominantly of Ponderosa pine, this forest is located in the namesake Black Hills. There are 11 reservoirs, 353 mi (568 km) of trails, and 1,300 mi (2,100 km) of streams in this forest. Black Elk Peak is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains at 7,244 ft (2,208 m).

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Montana/Dakotas State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-896-5004
Fax: 406-896-5298

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 2: Rocky Mountain Region
1617 Cole building 17
Lakewood CO 80401
303-275-5350
TTD / TTY: 303-275-5367

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Tennessee

National Forest

Land Between The Lakes National Forest
36°46′39″N 88°3′47″W
171,251 acres (693.0 km2)
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation area is located in Western Kentucky and Tennessee and encompasses over 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on the largest inland peninsula in the United States. It is located between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Cherokee National Forest
35°52′N 83°03′W
656,394 acres (2,656.3 km2)
Cherokee National Forest has eleven wilderness areas, three large lakes, and over 600 mi (970 km) of trails, including 150 mi (240 km) of the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains. There are 43 mammal species, 154 fish species, 55 amphibian species, and 262 bird species in the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Texas

National Forest

Sam Houston National Forest
30°32′N 95°21′W
163,264 acres (660.7 km2)
Part of the Lone Star Trail travels through Sam Houston National Forest, which borders parts of Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston. The Little Lake Creek Wilderness is the only wilderness area in the forest.

Angelina National Forest
31°13′N 94°17′W
154,140 acres (623.8 km2)
Primarily longleaf, loblolly, and shortleaf pine, the forest includes two wilderness areas and borders the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The forest provides a habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and wintering habitat for bald eagles.

Davy Crockett National Forest
31°18′N 95°06′W
161,140 acres (652.1 km2)
Located where the southeastern pine forests meet the Blackland prairies of central Texas, Davy Crockett National Forest’s Big Slough Wilderness consists primarily of hardwood forest. A recreation area surrounds Ratcliff Lake, which covers 45 acres (18 ha).

Sabine National Forest
31°30′N 93°52′W
161,088 acres (651.9 km2)
Sabine National Forest borders the western side of Toledo Bend Reservoir and has 28 mi (45 km) of trails. The forest’s only wilderness area is the Indian Mounds Wilderness. The old-growth forest can be found in the wilderness and at Mill Creek Cove along the reservoir’s shores.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed with only one exception, Big Bend National Park.

National Recreation Areas (NRAs)

The National Park Service (NPS) has recreation areas where you can boat, off-road, fish, etc. where you can boondock.

Lake Meredith

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Utah

National Forest

Sawtooth National Forest
41°54′N 113°29′W
1,802,133 acres (7,293.0 km2)
Sawtooth National Forest includes over 1,100 lakes, 1,000 mi (1,600 km) of trails and roads, and ten mountain ranges, with the highest point at 12,009 ft (3,660 m) on Hyndman Peak. The forest includes Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the Sawtooth Range, Sawtooth Wilderness, four ski areas, and four endemic species, being found nowhere else in the world.

Dixie National Forest
38°15′N 111°30′W
1,885,655 acres (7,631.0 km2)
Straddling the divide between the Great Basin and Colorado River, Dixie National Forest has elevations ranging from 2,800 ft (850 m) near St. George to 11,322 ft (3,451 m) on Boulder Mountain. Ashdown Gorge, Box-Death Hollow, Cottonwood Forest, and Pine Valley Mountain wilderness areas are in the forest.

Fishlake National Forest
38°42′N 111°57′W
1,452,969 acres (5,880.0 km2)
Located in south-central Utah, Fishlake National Forest is named for Fish Lake, the state’s largest natural mountain lake. The forest’s Tushar Mountains reach their highest point at 12,174 ft (3,711 m) on Delano Peak. The forest is home to Pando, a clonal colony of an individual male quaking aspen determined to be the largest and most dense organism ever found.

Manti-La Sal National Forest
38°23′N 109°01′W
1,269,984 acres (5,139.4 km2)
Including the La Sal and Abajo mountains of eastern Utah, elevations in this forest reach 12,721 ft (3,877 m) on Mount Peale. The Dark Canyon Wilderness is the only wilderness area in the forest.

Ashley National Forest
40°38′N 110°06′W
1,378,424 acres (5,578.3 km2)
Ashley National Forest manages the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and the High Uintas Wilderness. Kings Peak at 13,528 ft (4,123 m) is the highest point in Utah and is located in the Uinta Mountains.

Uinta–Wasatch–Cache National Forest
41°15′N 111°26′W
2,492,404 acres (10,086.4 km2)
There are nine wilderness areas in the forest, which occupies part of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains. Mount Nebo and Mount Timpanogos are located in wilderness areas at the edge of the Wasatch Front.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Utah State Office
440 West 200 South, Ste. 500
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: 801-539-4001
Fax: 801-539-4237

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 4: Intermountain Region
Federal Building
324 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
801-625-5605

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

National Recreation Areas (NRAs)

The National Park Service (NPS) has recreation areas where you can boat, off-road, fish, etc. where you can boondock.

Glen Canyon

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Vermont

National Forest

Green Mountain National Forest
43°18′N 73°00′W
408,419 acres (1,652.8 km2)
In Vermont’s Green Mountains, this forest includes eight wilderness areas. Among the 900 mi (1,400 km) of trails in the forest are the Appalachian Trail and two National Recreation Trails: Long and Robert Frost.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Virginia

National Forest

George Washington & Jefferson National Forest
38°12′N 79°21′W
1,792,209 acres (7,252.8 km2)
In the Appalachian Mountains, the highest point of the forest is Mount Rogers, also the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 ft (1,746 m) in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. There are 230,000 acres (93,000 ha) of old-growth forest here, and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail both run through the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 8: Southern Region
1720 Peachtree Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
404-347-4400
TTY: 404-347-1781

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Virgin Islands

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Washington

National Forest

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Coeur d’Alene National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

St. Joe National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Kaniksu National Forest
47°43′N 116°13′W
3,074,438 acres (12,441.8 km2)
There are two wilderness areas, Cabinet Mountains and Salmo-Priest, and numerous recreation opportunities in Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This forest ranges from the Canada–US border to the Saint Joe River, which is the highest navigable river in the world.

Umatilla National Forest
45°38′N 118°11′W
1,405,898 acres (5,689.5 km2)
Located in the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon, Umatilla National Forest includes three wilderness areas, occupying over 20% of the forest. The forest has over 715 mi (1,151 km) of trails, 2,000 mi (3,200 km) of roads, and one of the largest elk herds in any National Forest.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
46°10′N 121°48′W
1,312,274 acres (5,310.6 km2)
Gifford Pinchot National Forest includes Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and parts of seven wilderness areas. There is 1,475 mi (2,374 km) of trails and 4,104 mi (6,605 km) of roads in the forest.

Olympic National Forest
48°07′N 124°15′W
631,808 acres (2,556.8 km2)
Olympic National Forest surrounds the Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. There are five wilderness areas, occupying about 14% of the forest. This part of Washington receives more rainfall annually than anywhere else in the United States.

Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest
48°28′N 121°25′W
2,562,955 acres (10,371.9 km2)
In the Cascade Range, this forest includes Mount Baker, at an elevation of 10,781 ft (3,286 m), a glaciated stratovolcano. Mount Baker National Recreation Area, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, and portions of ten wilderness areas are in the forest.

Colville National Forest
48°32′N 117°54′W
954,668 acres (3,863.4 km2)
With 486 mi (782 km) of hiking trails, Colville National Forest has elevations that range up to 7,300 ft (2,200 m) in the Kettle River and Selkirk mountains. Part of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness is in the forest along with part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.

OkanoganWenatchee National Forest
48°38′N 119°35′W
4,255,572 acres (17,221.7 km2)
Located on the eastern side of the Cascade Range, this forest stretches from the Canada–US border to the Columbia and Okanogan rivers. There is 1,285 mi (2,068 km) of trails in the forest, including part of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Monongahela National Forest
38°33′N 79°54′W
920,583 acres (3,725.5 km2)
Monongahela National Forest includes Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area and eight wilderness areas. Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia at 4,863 ft (1,482 m), and Seneca Rocks is a 900 ft (270 m) quartzite crag.

Chequamegon–Nicolet National Forest
46°02′N 90°48′W
1,523,704 acres (6,166.2 km2)
There are 2,020 lakes, 440 spring ponds, and 347,000 acres (140,000 ha) of wetlands in this national forest. There is also 493 mi (793 km) of non-motorized trails, 292 mi (470 km) of motorized trails, and 9,000 mi (14,000 km) of roads alongside five wilderness areas.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Oregon/Washington State Office
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, OR 97208
Phone: 503-808-6001
Fax: 503-808-6422

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 6: Pacific Northwest Region
333 SW First Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204-3440
P.O. Box 3623
Portland, OR 97208-3623503-808-2468

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

West Virginia

National Forest

George Washington & Jefferson National Forest
38°12′N 79°21′W
1,792,209 acres (7,252.8 km2)
In the Appalachian Mountains, the highest point of the forest is Mount Rogers, also the highest point in Virginia at 5,729 ft (1,746 m) in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. There are 230,000 acres (93,000 ha) of old-growth forest here, and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail both run through the forest.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Wisconsin

National Forest – None

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 9: Eastern Region
626 East Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-297-3600
TTY: 414-944-3969

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)

Wyoming

National Forest

Medicine Bow–Routt National Forest
41°14′N 106°15′W
2,210,327 acres (8,944.9 km2)
This forest contains many ranges of the Rocky Mountains with elevations ranging from 5,500 ft (1,700 m) to 12,940 ft (3,940 m). There are ten wilderness areas and Rob Roy Reservoir, which covers 500 acres (200 ha).

Caribou–Targhee National Forest
41°57′N 112°08′W
2,624,739 acres (10,621.9 km2)
The forest’s Jedediah Smith Wilderness has many caves and the Winegar Hole Wilderness protects grizzly bear habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Upper and Lower Mesa Falls are on Henrys Fork of the Snake River and tours of Minnetonka Cave are available.

Black Hills National Forest
44°00′N 103°47′W
1,250,866 acres (5,062.1 km2)
Consisting predominantly of Ponderosa pine, this forest is located in the namesake Black Hills. There are 11 reservoirs, 353 mi (568 km) of trails, and 1,300 mi (2,100 km) of streams in this forest. Black Elk Peak is the highest point in South Dakota and the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains at 7,244 ft (2,208 m).

Ashley National Forest
40°38′N 110°06′W
1,378,424 acres (5,578.3 km2)
Ashley National Forest manages the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and the High Uintas Wilderness. Kings Peak at 13,528 ft (4,123 m) is the highest point in Utah and is located in the Uinta Mountains.

Uinta–Wasatch–Cache National Forest
41°15′N 111°26′W
2,492,404 acres (10,086.4 km2)
There are nine wilderness areas in the forest, which occupies part of the Wasatch and Uinta mountains. Mount Nebo and Mount Timpanogos are located in wilderness areas at the edge of the Wasatch Front.

Bridger–Teton National Forest
42°45′N 110°45′W
3,383,302 acres (13,691.7 km2)
As part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Bridger–Teton National Forest has 27 glaciers in its portion of the Wind River Range. The Gros Ventre landslide formed a dam on the Gros Ventre River in 1925 before failing in 1927.

Shoshone National Forest
44°02′N 109°32′W
2,439,093 acres (9,870.7 km2)
Located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, this forest includes part of the Absaroka, Beartooth, and Wind River mountain ranges. Five wilderness areas make up 56% of the forest, and elevations reach 13,804 ft (4,207 m) at Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming.

Bighorn National Forest
44°32′N 107°21′W
1,105,311 acres (4,473.0 km2)
In the Bighorn Mountains of north-central Wyoming, Bighorn National Forest has eight lodges, several reservoirs, and 1,500 mi (2,400 km) of trails. Elevations reach 13,167 ft (4,013 m) at Cloud Peak in the Cloud Peak Wilderness, which is also the location of the Cloud Peak Glacier.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management)

Dispersed Camping

There is paid camping on land from the Bureau of Land Management but there is dispersed camping (camping away from developed recreation facilities and paid camping) that is allowed on most of the remaining property. Dispersed camping is allowed as long as it follows the state’s guidelines, is not posted as “closed to camping”, and is not in conflict with authorized uses or affects wildlife and natural resources.

You can stay on dispersed camping sites not to exceed 2 weeks within a 28 consecutive-day period. Camping rules vary depending on the office of location and they cannot leave any personal property unattended for more than 10 days or 12 months in Alaska.  Please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

These rules may change so please consult the BLM website.

Selecting a Campsite

You can find dispersed campsites along most of the secondary roads which can be recognized by flat areas that show that it has been camped before. It is recommended to reuse past dispersed camping sites to lower the potential of disturbing the surrounding area.

Please follow the no-trace rule when dispersed camping so that we can use this privilege.

Please consult the regional information for the state you wish to camp in before picking a spot.

Wyoming State Office
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Phone: 307-775-6256
Fax: 307-775-6129

US Forest Service (USFS) Campground

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.

USFS (US Forest Service)

Consult this list of USDA US Forest Service Offices to find out where you are allowed to disperse camp.

Please follow the no-trace guidelines.

Region 2: Rocky Mountain Region
1617 Cole building 17
Lakewood CO 80401
303-275-5350
TTD / TTY: 303-275-5367

Region 4: Intermountain Region
Federal Building
324 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
801-625-5605

National Park Service (NPS) Campground

The National Park Service calls boondocking “Backcountry Camping” and the only allowed boondocking is hike-in only so no RVs or vehicles are allowed with only one exception, Death Valley National Park.

Allowed Commercial Properties

  • Casinos
    (Sometimes it is allowed in the parking lots. Look for signs and call for permission.)
  • RV Shows
    (Sometimes RV Shows will allow camping there.)
  • Sporting Events
    (Sometimes tailgating overnight is allowed.)
  • Walmart
    (Sometimes they let you park in the parking lot. Ask first.)