Free Camping in the US National Forests. The What, Why & Where to dispersed roadside camping

Free Camping in the US National Forests. The What, Why & Where to dispersed roadside camping

In this video, Tommy shows you why he favors dispersed camping in the US National forests with some funny tales of inconsiderate people in campgrounds and then goes into detail about how to find and plan your free campsite in the forest. Safety tips and other handy info is also covered as well as an actual demonstration in the forest!

Another video you may like is Exploring the Forest Roads. Here’s the link
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  1. Sea Gypsea on March 21, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Great video

  2. Gypsy Queen on March 21, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    When I go camping, I want to be far from the sound of man. I had the same problem with campgrounds. I don’t understand why people have to bring their 21st C products- like tvs, radios and other loud products. If you are camping, that means you want to be in the wild. AKA you should respect your surroundings. Humans are guests in the wild. We should treat it with respect and LNT-leave no trace- at all times. I live in a town that is surrounded by twenty miles in every direction of National Forest. Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, I bring trash bags with me when I walk on trails; picking up trash. It’s strange, but the usual pile of trash I find, always has a plastic bag or two with it. People are so lazy, they don’t use their bags to take their garbage with them. Sigh

  3. Jay Bee on March 21, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I travel the US by motorcycle. My least favorite part is when the RV sites are dead level (even though they can be leveled) but the camp sites are on a 15 degree slope so I keep sliding off my Therm-a-rest all night.

    This is followed by campgrounds without electrical hook-ups. Seeing that means I’ll be listening to generators all night long.

    Dispersed is the way to go but getting a campground with working showers every few days is nice…sometimes.

  4. Dan 319 on March 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    How about check the latest disappearances that the national park doesn’t ‘re u about because there in on it at some branch where they have your inormation

  5. priscilla torres on March 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Wheres that campground ?

  6. VocalVirgo on March 21, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Are you single? I’ll let you ask me to marry you if you want ;-).

  7. David Giles on March 21, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    So I live basically in the middle of the Rocky Mountain national Park and it’s amazing but you got a pay 20 bucks plus to get a campsite and you need to do it like a year in advance camping should never cost money as far as a place to camp so I have to do the dispersed camping but they don’t make that known very well

  8. methesponge on March 21, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    it is really great if you have a main road that goes back in the woods but then it has tributary 2 track roads mostly traveled by a normal car that head every which way with fire pits everywhere on them. it is slowly getting crowded in there at labor day and 4th of july etc. i hope they never close it down because it is too crowded.

  9. BrokenWishbone on March 21, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    This guy sounds like the life of the party….

  10. Terri Temple on March 21, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    For those who seek free campgrounds there are some near Mount Charleston north of Las Vegas Nevada. It is really nice especially in the Summer and Fall and some in the winter months. Yes free where you do not have to pay. I believe it should be free to camp especially for those of us who pay taxes. 🙂

  11. Gavin Baker on March 21, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Sorry you had a bad experience here in Ohio. Wayne National forest and Shawnee state forest are good places

  12. yoemailmenow on March 21, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Excellent. What brand and model of tent do you use. Looks good. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. ryan B on March 21, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Redreck peckerwoods, shotty people.

  14. Kenneth Earl Wigglesworth on March 21, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    The Wyane National Forest in the southern region of Washington and Noble county’s , there are Free Camping….In Ohio, : Off Rt. 26 near The Covered Bridge , then also , Lamping Homestead, just to name a couple spots I’ve stayed at…

  15. B Lauver on March 21, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    What a Snitch

  16. Abshir on March 21, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    Campgrounds make me feel like I’m camping in parking lot

  17. Tpc Courtney on March 21, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    You say blah blah blah a lot not to be insulting but you will start to read the beginning of the rule and then trail off and literally mumble and cut off the rest of the rule to put in your opinion. I do like to hear your opinion but you have me putting your video on pause to read the whole rule so I can understand what you’re talking about

  18. Michael Felix on March 21, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Doesn’t explain much. Sounds like an old Jew just complaining

  19. Ty Smith on March 21, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    The party don’t stop in the mid-west 😂

  20. Elena Mishina on March 21, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for a precious information!

  21. That's besides the point on March 21, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Your dogs are so cute.
    Why didn’t you mention them and there names.
    Great tips though thanks.

  22. Luv2 HODL on March 21, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Very inspiring! This is why I sold my motorhome and am converting a van so I can fit in places like this thanks!

  23. Janell Evans on March 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I was in a state campground, worse experience. Neighbors riding horses through the campground. One of the fell off and broke her back.

  24. George Klotz on March 21, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    You talk way soooooo much. Just get to the point

  25. Hunter of Truth on March 21, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the tips. May a cool breeze always be with you.

  26. Cecilia cecilia on March 21, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    You are driving pretty damn fast for a forest road. Setting a bad example and selfish.

  27. Andrew Forster on March 21, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    What kind of tent it that?
    Thank you in advance.

  28. Andrea Deamon on March 21, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Honey – we’re buckeyes & we party hard. But they should’ve known better about the time and had respect for everyone around them. Especially with little ones around them! Which area were you in? Southern Ohio is a huge hunting area. Center – Amish, hunting, a mixture of all sorts. Northern – well – we’re just all nuts 🤪
    I am sorry you had to deal with that though. Birthday or anything they should’ve had some manners and respect

  29. backcountry164 on March 21, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Roads on MVU maps that are lined with little dots on either side, as you can see in the video at 13:30, are designated for dispersed camping.

  30. Ken B on March 21, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I live in Ohio but only for the last 3 years. I have been in every state in the US and I assure you there are more ill mannered people in Ohio than any other state in the US. The only reason I live here and continue to do so is because my kids and grand kids live here.

  31. Dan 319 on March 21, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Dude you should have moved out of respect for idiots that have to party next to each other,there from cities,it’s all they no….its there false security blanket

  32. Pop Corn on March 21, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    I wish you would have titled this “I’m going to complain about everything and ramble most of the time!” Then I would have known what to expect.

  33. John P on March 21, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    Hey Tommy, are you still camping? Many of us enjoy your videos and style a lot.

  34. Jms Fabrication on March 21, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    There are so many white trash, (well all color trash actually) people out there! And unfortunately it appears to be growing.
    We once stayed at a private campground where the idiots decided to play catch football till 3:00 in the morning! Screaming and shouting and you could hear the occasional football bouncing off of someones RV in the middle of the night!

  35. Tpc Courtney on March 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    I do like your video 😁

  36. D-A B on March 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Please do a video about leave no trace and proper campfire regulations for building and extinguishing, maybe even a demo. Or I would be more than happy to make a video and share it with you. As a fire prevention specialist, my biggest hurdle is abandoned campfires in campgrounds. Dispersed camping is even worse. California requires fire permits whereas others do not.

  37. Team Fish on March 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    FF to 7:16 to get to subject matter🙄

  38. T& A on March 21, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Has anybody ever heard of Dirt bike stealth camping? You can really get in there pretty deep and disappear.

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  40. Sara Matlock on March 21, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Great video, as a 55 year old woman, I am in search of a motor home to do just exactly what you are doing. I do fear being that secluded, lol. I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, so like you, I am comforted in knowing i can find peace somewhere out there.

  41. Matt Aspel on March 21, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    This might be a silly question but if you want to explore the area how do you not get lost? Should you take a compass with you?

  42. william velasco on March 21, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for the very formative video. Btw, what kind of tent is that and where can I buy one? Thanks

  43. Cheryl Jolly on March 21, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    sorry seat belts no matter where you are are MANDATORY

  44. Pat B on March 21, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    WOW the music blasted loud.

  45. Mon Frig on March 21, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Park cops are just little penis revenue generators

  46. Dan Williams on March 21, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    My parents hit their head on the windshield at 5mph without their seatbelts….

  47. Victor Martin on March 21, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Good words friend ! 😊

  48. Ric G on March 21, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Skip to 7:18 to get to the subject matter of the title. Prior to that point he just talks about why he doesn’t like camping in campgrounds…..just a bunch of blah, blah, blah.

  49. سنفور سياسي on March 21, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Hi . Can I have the site I want to visit?

  50. methesponge on March 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    colorado has good free camping we camped in a campground one time but we wound up leaving before breakfast the next morning. i do appreciate drive up and park by a fire pit camping. i prefer out side to a outhouse any day, they are always filthy and smell horrible. being far from other camp sites is great too.

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