What is a dispersed camping area?

Many people appreciate the solitude and primitive experience of camping far from a developed campgrounds and different campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere as a part of the National Forest OUTSIDE of an assigned campground. Dispersed camping means no services, hammocks are allowed, for example, 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.

There are additional responsibilities and skills that are important for dispersed camping. It is your obligation to know these before you try this new experience. Camping rules and regulations apply to make your experience safe and to keep the natural resources scenic and untainted for different campers.


An ideal way to discover what areas are open to dispersed camping is to contact the closest Forest Service office to the region you wish to visit. Ordinarily, dispersed camping is NOT permitted in the vicinity of developed recreations area such as campgrounds, excursion areas, or trailheads. Lots of people drive out on Forest Service streets into the woods areas and discover a clearing or a spot close to a stream or with a view of the mountains. Do not to drive on Glades to get to your campground. Drive on existing streets to avoid resource harm. Dispersed camping is allowed in a one-mile edge far from campgrounds and 100 feet from any stream. To avoid resource harm, please keep your campground inside 150 feet from a roadway.


Pick a site that has been used before. Plants, soil, and wildlife, are impacted by new campsites so using existing ones will minimize your impact in the forest. Camp on bare soil if possible, to avoid damage or killing plants and grass.
Do not to camp inside of 100 feet of any water source, plants close water are particularly delicate and fragile.
Do not try to camp in the middle of a clearing or meadow. Do not try to level or dig trenches in the ground at your campsite. Pick a tent site that is already level with good drainage.

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