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Old 12-31-2020, 03:54 PM   #1
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Sources for Boondocking Sites

What source do you use to find boondocking sites?

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Old 12-31-2020, 04:51 PM   #2
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https://www.campendium.com/free-camping
http://www.ioverlander.com/
https://freecampsites.net/
https://thedyrt.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Boon...FreeCampingUSA

I see you are in PA. There are not a whole lot of true boondocking spots here in the East, especially if you have a 27' trailer. To me, boondocking is a dispersed camping spot in national forest, state forest, recreation area or BLM land that is not in a designated campground - at most there might be a fire ring. To others boondocking is staying for the night in a Walmart, Cabela's, a casino or Cracker Barrel parking lot, which I have done many times. To some it might be a campground that is considered "dry camping", a campsite with maybe a picnic table or fire ring and a vault toilet somewhere nearby.
The further West you go, the more true boondocking options there are. I spend many hours each winter researching Google Maps, recreation atlases, Google & Youtube searching for those ideal boondocking locations in wherever I am heading to the next year. I am fortunate to spend an entire month traveling out West every summer - this year I am focusing on Montana, last year was Utah and South Dakota. I try to alternate between boondocking sites and campgrounds, so that I can fill up on water and dump my tanks.
For example, here is one spot I stayed last summer on the shores of Flaming Gorge reservoir - 41°04'18.0"N 109°33'08.6"W
Here is a potential backup spot for this summer - 48°37'12.1"N 109°58'54.6"W

Back in the days when I was camping out of the back or my truck or Jeep, I wouldn't plan at all, but now that I am lugging around a 30 footer, I want a pretty darn good idea of where I am staying. I usually have most of my sites planned in advance, especially if near national parks or other destination places or around a holiday, like Independence Day or Labor Day. Today I just booked 4 nights in a campground just outside of Glacier NP. My first choice of campground was already booked in August, but I was able to get my 2nd choice. When I fully retire, I will most likely do less planning this far ahead and just go!
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Doc Foster, thanks so much for taking the time to provide such good advice, including all the links to websites. It is greatly appreciated!

Let me know the next time you are in Hanover and I'll by you a beer!

Best regards!
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Doc Foster, thanks so much for taking the time to provide such good advice, including all the links to websites. It is greatly appreciated!
Let me know the next time you are in Hanover and I'll by you a beer!
Best regards!
You are welcome. This also just popped up - https://youtu.be/qbIgOAkf6No
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Here are some camping resources you might find helpful

Here are some camping resources you might find helpful:

https://livinginbeauty.net/camping-resources/
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...For example, here is one spot I stayed last summer on the shores of Flaming Gorge reservoir - 41°04'18.0"N 109°33'08.6"W
So how did you find that spot? How did you know it was there and overnight stays were permitted? Thanks.
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So how did you find that spot? How did you know it was there and overnight stays were permitted? Thanks.
Most national lands (BLM, National Forests, National Recreation Areas) permit dispersed camping, unless designated otherwise. I use Google Maps/Google Earth and search an area I wish to stay - you can often see RV's in satellite view. It is often easy to see and locate suitable places to boondock. https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/ash...72131&actid=34

Unfortunately there are far fewer locations in the East when compared to the Western U.S.
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Most national lands (BLM, National Forests, National Recreation Areas) permit dispersed camping, unless designated otherwise. I use Google Maps/Google Earth and search an area I wish to stay - you can often see RV's in satellite view. It is often easy to see and locate suitable places to boondock. https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/ash...72131&actid=34

Unfortunately there are far fewer locations in the East when compared to the Western U.S.
That's exactly what I saw when I plugged the coordinates into Google Maps - other RV's boondocking. Thanks.
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Recently the U.S. Forest Service just launched a new application for iOS called Visitor Map. It is a great way to explore National Forest maps and get a sense where you may want to setup camp.
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Great thread. Thanks for all the sharing Doc. Like you, we are just waiting on retirement to get out there and hit it.
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Great thread. Thanks for all the sharing Doc. Like you, we are just waiting on retirement to get out there and hit it.
You are welcome. Not retired yet, but I am fortunate that I can head West from MD every summer for an entire month. Heading for Montana this summer.
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