There are lots of free campsites scattered around the Northwest, including in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, but not many are available in places where you might be tempted to camp for free.
If you’re looking for a free camping site in the middle of nowhere, this list may be your best bet.
Here are some places you might want to try: 1.
The Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon.
The national park is famous for its large, rocky cliffs, which are open year-round.
If that sounds appealing, this is the perfect spot to camp.
If it’s cold out, check out the nearby Cascade Mountain National Park or head south on the Columbia River.
For more information, visit their website.
St. Louis National Forest in Missouri.
There are plenty of other campsites to choose from in the St. Clair County area, including at the old campground near St. Charles, near the city of Independence and at the scenic Big Bend Ranch campground in the Ozark Mountains.
The Big Bend Campground is open year round, but if the weather’s cold, head to the nearby Big Bend Lake area.
For the best camping experience, check the campsite on Lake Louise near St Clair, about 40 miles north of St. Joseph.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Area.
The Columbia River State Park is one of the best free camping options in Washington.
You can also find campsites at the National Forests Park in Washington or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
For some reason, it’s hard to find the campsites in both of these places, so be sure to check with the ranger station nearest you.
The Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
This scenic and picturesque area of the Blue Ridge Mountains is open for summer months and has plenty of campgrounds.
Check out the campground on the Blue Mountain Trail near Asheville, North Carolina, which offers a campsite with hot showers and a campfire.
The Redwood National Forest near Redwood, California.
If winter’s cold and you like hiking in the Sierra Nevada, then you’ll love camping in the Redwood State Park near Red Rock, about 50 miles southwest of Reno.
The site offers a heated tent, a fire ring and a fire pit.
For a more comfortable camp experience, consider the Red Rock Fire Road campsite in the area, which is about 50 minutes from Reno.
The Grand Canyon National Park and the Grand Teton National Park near Yellowstone, Wyoming.
This popular destination offers a few free campsite options.
The most popular are at the popular Camp Redwood on the Big West Trail, or the Grand Canyon Campground at Canyon Lake near Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
For campers looking for more solitude, head west on the Grand Mesa Trail to the area known as the Great Salt Lake Wilderness.
The Yellowstone National Park at Yellowstone National Forest.
The park has a number of free camping spots around the park.
Camping is also available at the nearby Yellowstone National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Wyoming.
The ranger station near Yellowstone is open seven days a week and is only open on weekdays.
The Black Rock Desert near Grand Canyon, Utah.
The desert is also a popular campground and a great place to relax at the start of your hike.
It’s about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City and about 45 minutes from the nearest airport.
If the weather is not so nice, head south to Grand Canyon Village in the Grand Tetons.
For an ideal camp site, check into the Red Rocks Wilderness Lodge at the Redrock Fire Road campground.
The National Lakeshore in Michigan.
This small lake has about 30 miles of free campgrounds near Ann Arbor, with one of them at Lake Huron.
The campsite at the Blue Lake Fireground offers a tent and fire ring, but the best campgrounds are at Black Rock Springs.
The nearby Red Rock Lake has an abundance of campsites and is also very popular.
The Camping Trails at Yellowstone and Yellowstone Park in Wyoming.
If there is one place to spend the whole summer at your favorite campground, it would be in Yellowstone National Recreation Area, which includes a number the most popular campgrounds and also includes the Blue Rock Wilderness Area, the Black Rock Wilderness, the Big Bend Fire Road and the Redstone National Recreation Trail.
If camping is not your thing, you can also camp at the Black Elk Campground in Grand Tama County, about 45 miles north.
The Great Smokies National Park.
The parks nearest to Denver are about an hour away by car from each other.
You will find camps at the campgrounds in the Cascade Lakes National Recreation area near Denver.
If camp is your thing then head to Black Rock Creek Campground and head west.
For those wanting to enjoy the Great Basin’s pristine natural