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  • nightshift911 commented on Tom Gellatly's instructable Camp for FREE in National Forests7 months ago
    Camp for FREE in National Forests

    Be extra sure that the National Forest you are going to actually allows dispersed camping. I live within the bounds of the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California, and the signs as we enter the forest area from the city down below indicate that dispersed camping is not allowed. I've never stopped at the ranger/forest service station that is a couple miles further in to ask why, but I suspect it has something to do with fire danger and the fact that our natural springs are a significant source of water, both for those of us lucky to actually live here, those down in the city below, as well as for at least one bottled water company.There are designated camp sites available. I've never visited any of them, but they are generally a decent hike (less than half a day for most pe...see more »Be extra sure that the National Forest you are going to actually allows dispersed camping. I live within the bounds of the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California, and the signs as we enter the forest area from the city down below indicate that dispersed camping is not allowed. I've never stopped at the ranger/forest service station that is a couple miles further in to ask why, but I suspect it has something to do with fire danger and the fact that our natural springs are a significant source of water, both for those of us lucky to actually live here, those down in the city below, as well as for at least one bottled water company.There are designated camp sites available. I've never visited any of them, but they are generally a decent hike (less than half a day for most people) from parking areas. They can get crowded but, like in dispersed camping, there are no services and the rangers and usfs do occasionally visit.

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