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This is the first installment of a series on finding 'free' or 'almost free' campsites using Freecampsites.net as a starting point. I love the freecampsites website and often use it as a starting point when ever I am planning a road trip.

Whether you just need to know where to camp nearby or you want to plan a free camping road trip, we've got you covered. You can simply use your smart phone's GPS to find camping near you or even use our trip planner to plan your route from coast to coast.

Our community provides the best free camping information available. Free campgrounds can be hard to find. Freecampsites.net makes it easy. We give you a simple, map based search engine to find free and cheap camping areas. Community reviews and ratings provide you with up to date information and help you select the best camp site for your next camping trip.

This is a platform for sharing campgrounds and camp sites you have discovered.

We are community driven, and while we will be adding many free camping spots, we hope that you will add some of your favorite camping places as well.

By sharing camping information freely, we can all spend less time researching campgrounds, spend less money, and more time camping.

If everyone contributes a few campsites, we'll all have more places to go camping.

RV Friendly Travel Places to Park 

RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury explains the "unofficial rules" for spending the night in an RV in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The price is right: free. But there is a right way and wrong way to do it. Learn the right way here

Discover the nearest Wal mart Locations in United States with Allstays.com, which lists all Wal-Mart locations, including store hours, maps, and driving 

Lowe’s, Home Depot, occasional malls, some organizations (Elks, Moose, VFW, American Legion), most casinos, various city parks, fairgrounds, marinas, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) lands, and others

Other places you may be able to boondock overnight include Flying J truck stops (not the truck park but up front where they allow RVs), Sam’s Club, Cracker Barrel (only those that allow bus parking but their bus spaces can be pretty short), Fred Meyer, Giant food stores, Food Lion, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain, some Rest Areas and Visitor Centers (along Interstates) .

Most Rest Areas offer atleast 4 hour Rest Stops.  Enough time to recharge your human batteries and continue on your way, but... who's counting.

North of Savannah, Ga, Campers World offer 6 free hookup electric on a first-come-first serve.  People who come later park (no hook-up) in the lot ( savety in numbers. 

Also downtown Savannah municiple lot offers at $8 boondocking parking.

Stealth camping, say with a Cargo Van, further opportunities present themself's at places people are use to seeing cars and trucks parked overnight:

  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • 24-hour restaurants 
  • Auto Repair shops

Remember, Stealth means nobody knows your inside.    Un-seen, un-heard, Nobody is home, Got It!

Recreation.gov  Camping

There is nothing quite like spending an evening away from home at one of America's thousands of public land recreational area campsites.

Whether you seek the solitude of a backcountry camping site or a convenient place for you and your family to pitch a tent or park an RV, there are plenty of places to camp in our parks, national seashores, lakeshores, forests, and wilderness areas.

Campsite fees, visitation fees and seasonal restrictions vary from site to site.

In some cases, campsites can be reserved in advance. For detailed information on a particular location, please contact that recreation site directly

What do we mean by Camping?

Camping in developed sites, resorts, cabins; primitive camping, backpacking, overnight camping, modern camping; and camping in yurts, teepees, tipis, and tents

Practice Good Stewardship of our Public Lands

You can help to take good care of our public lands so that others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing some of the following actions:

Don't Litter... take along a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the proper trash receptacle.

Make sure that you are using the correct type of camping equipment permitted in that area. Check with your destination ahead of time for seasonal fire or campstove restrictions that may be in place.

Don't camp in areas where you are not permitted. These areas have been declared "off limits" to campers to protect wildlife, vegetation, or for your safety.

Find Recreation Areas with Camping Activities
Find an Reserve a Camping Spot


We enjoy free (and cheap) camping not just because it saves us money, but sometimes… it’s priceless. In this video chat we’ll explore: the joys of free camping, a range of options out there and how to find them. For the purposes of defining ‘cheap’ – we’ll keep it to options that are less than $10-15/night – but with a focus on FREE!
Since many of the free options also mean dry camping (or boondocking), we provide a brief recap on being prepared for camping off-grid. But for the full perspective, we recommend following up with our ‘Boondocking Basics‘ video archive in this same playlist (Jan 2015), or our extensive Boondocking Blog Series at www.technomadia.com/boondocking.

BLM Campgrounds
Public Lands RV Camping

Public Lands RV Camping

This is part two in a series. In part one of this series, Dave Helgeson discussed the basics of RV boondocking.
In this segment he narrows in on how to boondock with an RV on public lands including where they are and how to find them. Even veteran boondockers will learn some valuable tricks here about where to stay away from the crowds of RV parks, and in most cases for free, not $30, $40, $50 or even more a night for a space in a congested RV park.

Public lands RV camping offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.

There are campgrounds set up for small RV campers and tents, while others can accommodate the largest RV combinations.

You can find public land campgrounds that offer amenities from full RV hook-up campsites, to primitive, no facility designated camping areas.

Not all campgrounds are suitable for all types of RV camping units. Public lands campgrounds are located in every area of the country

The USA RV Camping Map has links to each individual states public lands administrators website. It's the easiest way to find public lands RV camping resources for every state.

Boondocking – Dispersed Camping

Dispersed RV camping, commonly called Boondocking is defined as camping outside designated campgrounds.

This type of camping is encouraged by BLM (Bureau of Land Management), USFS (US Forest Service), FWS (US Fish & Wildlife Service), and USACE/COE (US Army Corps of Engineers), but not in all locations, and there are some specific rules.

Boondocking – Dispersed Camping has information to help you learn the rules of boondocking, and how to find great RV camping sites.

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RV Camping In US National Forests

Staying in USDA Forest Service Campgrounds offers you great RV camping locations.

There are over 4300 developed campgrounds in our National Forests available for RV camping, and we have the information about finding them all.

There are National Grasslands managed by the Forest Service as well, and primitive camping is allowed.

Having fun on the kancamagus highways natural water slides. The water was low, but still a great time.

RV Camping in National and State Parks

The National Park Service (NPS) Campgrounds are located in the most scenic and historic locations.

Great RV camping is available at parks like Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Parks just to name a few.

Popular parks require camping reservations, and there is little opportunity for dispersed RV camping. There are exceptions.

When you think public lands campgrounds, don't forget state parks.

These parks are located in beautiful surroundings and are great destinations for RV camping. The State Parks Locator Map gives you easy access to all 50 state park campground systems.

South Beach Campround, Olympic National Park, Washington Campsite Photos - Favorite Sites: 29, 30, 31, 33, 36, 37, 41, 45, 51, 55

RV Camping – Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) managed lands are located throughout the western USA,

BLM lands offer great RV camping locations from deserts to mountains to ocean. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

RV Camping With The Corps Of Engineers

USACE – United States Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds offer great RV camping opportunities centered around water recreation. With thousands of recreation areas at over 450 lakes and waterways, USACE provides fishing, boating, hiking, and of course camping opportunities that anyone can enjoy.

USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers) is probably better known around the RV community as COE.

The USA RV Camping Map on our home page has links to each individual states USACE/COE information page.

Not every state has usace/COE RV camping facilities.

Finding USACE/COE Campgrounds

Finding USACE/COE campgrounds can be a bit challenging on line.

One of the easiestways to get RV camping information is to buy a copy of Camping With the Corps of Engineers.

This book lists USACE facilities by state and by reservoir. All Corps of Engineers campgrounds are listed, and include directions, describes facilities, activities, and includes current camping fees.

You can get RV camping information for USACE/COE campgrounds on line, but it can be time consuming.

To find USACE/COE recreation facilities, start by going to the map of USACE/COE Administered Lakes on the USACE website.

From here, you can click on the state you wish to find RV camping information about.

The map that is displayed shows recreation areas and there is a drop down menu of lakes. Choose a lake, and an information window will be displayed for the area selected with facility information, and driving directions.

RV Camping On Public Lands | RV Camping

Public Lands RV Camping

Public lands RV camping offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. There are campgrounds set up for small RV campers and tents, while others can accommodate the largest RV combinations.

You can find public land campgrounds that offer amenities from full RV hook-up campsites, to primitive, no facility designated camping areas.

Not all campgrounds are suitable for all types of RV camping units. Public lands campgrounds are located in every area of the country

The USA RV Camping Map has links to each individual states public lands administrators website. It's the easiest way to find public lands RV camping resources for every state.

RV Camping In US National Forests

Staying in USDA Forest Service Campgrounds offers you great RV camping locations.

There are over 4300 developed campgrounds in our National Forests available for RV camping, and we have the information about finding them all.

There are National Grasslands managed by the Forest Service as well, and primitive camping is allowed.

RV Camping in National and State Parks

The National Park Service (NPS) Campgrounds are located in the most scenic and historic locations.

Great RV camping is available at parks like Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Parks just to name a few.

Popular parks require camping reservations, and there is little opportunity for dispersed RV camping. There are exceptions.

When you think public lands campgrounds, don't forget state parks. These parks are located in beautiful surroundings and are great destinations for RV camping.

The State Parks Locator Map gives you easy access to all 50 state park campground systems.

RV Camping – Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) managed lands are located throughout the western USA, BLM lands offer great RV camping locations from deserts to mountains to ocean.

Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

RV Camping With The Corps Of Engineers

USACE – US Army Corps of Engineers, often referred to as COE, administers over 450 lakes throughout the USA.

These water based recreation areas are great destinations for RV camping, and you can find out where they are in the USACE/COE Campgrounds section.

Public Lands Campgrounds

The campgrounds administered by the USFS- USDA Forest Service, BLM – Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service –

NPS should be taken advantage of by RV campers. Campground conditions and amenities vary widely too.

From hot showers and flush toilets, to fire rings and nothing else, you can find a campground right for you and your family.

Public Lands Campgrounds

  • The campgrounds administered by the USFS- USDA Forest Service, BLM – Bureau of Land Management, and the National Park Service – NPS should be taken advantage of by RV campers.
  • Campground conditions and amenities vary widely too. From hot showers and flush toilets, to fire rings and nothing else, you can find a campground right for you and your family.
  • You need to do some homework before heading off onto public lands.
  • These areas are still wild, and in some cases difficult to reach.
  • Road conditions can go from great to horrible quickly with changing weather conditions.
  • Stay informed of changing weather conditions and plan accordingly.
  • Campgrounds can be built on the side of a hill, so don't forget to take some old boards to help you get leveled up once you find your camp site.
  • Take the time to read the rules of the campground posted near the entrance.
  • Very often you will discover that bears and other wildlife also like staying in the area you have chosen, and you may need to take precautions to avoid unnecessary wildlife meetings.
  • Plan your public lands RV camping trip carefully.
  • You can get great information about campgrounds and road conditions from the USFS, BLM, and NPS offices that administer the area you wish to visit.
  • Ask questions and ask for advice from these folks as they know the area better than just about anyone.
  • Tell them the type and size of RV you are camping with, and you will get directions to campgrounds just right for you and your RV.

More Public Lands RV Camping Resources

A good Internet RV camping information source in the western USA is www.publiclands.org. This site lists western states recreation opportunities.

This site lists western states recreation opportunities. Most Forest Service and BLM campgrounds are listed, but there are just too many possible campgrounds for them all to be listed. There are state campgrounds listed here as well.

One other information is the www.recreation.gov website.

This is a huge website with information about just about every state and Federal public lands campground. The problem we see is that it is difficult to wade through all the information presented. It's a great site if you know where you are going, but trying to find new places can be less than fun.

With a bit of planning, you can find some of our nations best RV camping locations. Once you find your campground site, sit back, relax and enjoy!




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