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Camping in the United States

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Camping in the United States

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In the United States, campsites are either on government-owned lands, such as national, state, and county parks and forests, or are privately owned.

Backcountry

Most lands require campers to use designated campsites. However, in some areas 'backcountry', also known as 'primitive' or 'dispersed' camping is permitted. Usually a permit is required, and Leave-no-trace camping principles must be observed at all times. Before planning any trip, the office responsible for oversight of the particular land should be contacted to confirm availability.

Most such camping is at National Forests, and some Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas. National Forests can be found nationwide, whereas BLM lands are generally west of the Rockies.

By State

Illinois

  • Shawnee National Forest (Electric & Nonelectric)
  • Fox Ridge State Park (Electric)
  • Kickapoo (Electric)

Indiana

  • Hoosier National Forest
  • Shades State Park (Nonelectric)
  • Turkey Run State Park (Electric)


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