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Old 08-07-2008, 09:15 AM   #9
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Free camping

Originally Posted by elmoreman
Free camping in all national forests. you need to be something like 100 yards (or feet) from a road and a water source. Other than that, its all yours. Hell...we pay for it. Gotta pay to get into "national" parks. At least some low impact camping is free
There are a few more rules than that but thr idea is right. In many national forest areas they prohibit primitive camping. The best thing to do is to stop at the local station and ask for advice. Theyll let you know about the best places to camp free. Also keep in mind that they are locals and might not want to tell you about the locals favorite places. Be friendly, swap a few stories and take your time. Theyll be more likely to turn you on to their favorites.
Another place Ive found to camp for free is small private airports. Since they are not lighted they dont operate at night and usually have picknic tables and porta poties. Ask for permission. Beware of the nice grassy area with automatic sprinklers.
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