How to Find Free (dispersed) Campsites in National Forests & BLM Land + My Recent Boondocking Spots!

How to Find Free (dispersed) Campsites in National Forests & BLM Land + My Recent Boondocking Spots!

Here is a video giving a brief description about free camping on public lands, and how to find these camping areas. The most common public/federal lands that allow free camping are National Forests, BLM land, Conservation Areas, and National Recreation Areas.

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  1. Louis Lopinto on August 28, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    You move the camera WAY Too Much. I’m getting motion sickness just trying to watch ur video. Sry but I’m not here to get sick, I was hoping to learn something but I guess I’m outta here.

  2. Broken English Hiker on August 28, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    I have plans for van camper life after retiring. Still few years left ahead for retirement, but your information is very helpful. Thank you for sharing.🙏

  3. Mikedegot on August 28, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    After 21 days, I would be completely feral. Virginia would have to tranq me and send me to a special program to reintroduce me to civilization. "He keeps chewing on shoes."

  4. sunset30 on August 28, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    Great info, thank you!

  5. Jacky Chandler on August 28, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve also camped in multiple western states. Some BLM land is actually in gorgeous places. If U ever go back to Colorado, this is a fantastic spot on BLM land. It’s at lake SanChristabol just a couple miles south of Lake City. Lake city is approximately 60 miles S.W of Gunnison. The north side of Lake is free camping, and modern camping on S side. Absolutely beautiful area with 14,000 ft mountains surrounding the lake.

  6. Kelly Cox on August 28, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    This is great, and I’ll certainly use it when dispersed camping while fishing for a week or so up at Clear Lake CA. But it is of no use at all for surfing for a week at San Onofre. The gas to get to the nearest BLM land, round trip, would be as much as the campsite 1 mile from San Onofre which charges $35/night.

  7. Jeremiah Farr on August 28, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    A fire ring does not always mean a dispersed campsite. That may depended on the area that you are in. I know for a fact that in the national forest south of me, that there are day use only areas with fire rings. These are areas next to major natural water sources, in which they don’t want people camping that close to the water.

  8. JakeElls66 on August 28, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Liked at "leave no trace"

  9. Norys Outdoor on August 28, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    awesomee my dear friends

  10. over it on August 28, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Awesome video thank you!

  11. 🔌 on August 28, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    ? seems like the spots you show are motorized camping sites NOT Dispersed camping sites. big difference . be sure to check with the forest office you plan to visit before hand many of those motorized sites are no longer free as of 2022. also state forest are also no longer free unless you are backpacking and do not stay in motorized spots.

  12. Andrew Price on August 28, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Virginia has a few great spots

  13. Michele Soniat on August 28, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    That was very helpful. This is my first time. I hope i will be starting in a couple of months. And want to boondock. I have had enough of fake neighbors.

  14. Dino Sanchez on August 28, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    This is the most informative video yet, by far. You really killed it great work. It answered so many of my questions, especially the 12 state thing.

  15. RevElderKnight on August 28, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    This is great. People must practice "leave no trace" camping in these locations.

  16. Scott Veras on August 28, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    Somehow stumbled across the channel and to be honest this is exactly what I was looking for. Living that nomadic life LOL. I live in Rhode Island and bidr boondocking is much more appealing as I like the spontaneity being able to go Wherever Whenever rather than being tied down to a campsite/ Campground. Ideal spot would be somehow finding something on the coast of Maine. Got any recommendations?

  17. standing bear on August 28, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    in a national forest there doesn’t have to be a ‘campsite’. dispersed camping can just be in the forest usually a ceartin distance from the road or water or trailhead. there are plenty of national forest and free camping that are not in the appalachian mtns. Ky, In, Mi, Tn even florida has them

  18. andy ec on August 28, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    As far as the east.coast goes, pennsylvania is dope cause all of the state game land, which is all over the state, you are allowed to dispersed camp on state game land, just like nat’l forest or blm land. Something many, even those who live in PA arent aware of, but yeah, PA is the spot on the east coast for dispersed camping, also Allegheny nat’l forest is there as well … Anyway, just fyi for you all, dont blow it up, follow leave no trace principles pls. I dont live out there anymore, but, PA rivals anywhere else ive been for rad camping spots.

  19. Optimus 1 on August 28, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    Promoting this type of Boondocking is no longer a good thing. Why ? Because all kinds of YT, Instag, etc vloggers are doing this. which results in more people going to what were once beautiful, quiet and remote campsites. Now thanks to this, the once great ‘get away from it all’ sites are being over run and abused. The USFS has implemented a permit system for many of its Dispersed Campsites in the National Forests. BLM is closing down many of tis Dispersed Camping areas as well. Video bloggers are not doing anybody any favors by producing these videos.

  20. Jenny Sam on August 28, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    If you are not in the space at the moment then it is not appropriate to block the space off in anyway. In fact, in most areas it’s completely against the terms of use. You are not allowed, by the terms of use, to save your space when you are not there.

  21. John McGowan on August 28, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    Very informative! Thank you.

  22. realndn2 on August 28, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    I just found your videos, but I really like you. You’re just easy to listen to, and pretty informative. Keep it up!

  23. Amy Durocher on August 28, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  24. Nancy Adamson on August 28, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you for your information

  25. AH on August 28, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge !!! It helped 🙂

  26. Evan Ellefsen on August 28, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    Rubber-tramps beware! Get to the forests fast! Get out of the desert! Move from scarcity to plenty now. Rubber-tramps, I am one of you. Go! Now! The next plan-demic is in motion. Run! Plant seeds. Gather resources. Dig in. Enhance your perceptions. Eat together one and all. Do not fight amongst yourselves. Go! I’ll see you when you arrive… pass it on!

  27. Manuêl Vlázquez on August 28, 2023 at 8:00 pm


  28. Diane Thornton on August 28, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    That "house" is to keep wood dry. Looks like used by locals. Do you use the MVUM at all? I bet many others have already pointed out that you have to find where it is legal to camp. A year has changed a great deal. Unfortunately many previously dispersed sites are now pay/reserve & pay.

  29. JeffeysMom on August 28, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    I am a disabled senior that travels for suicide awareness in my wheelchair 2010 dodge grand caravan. I am heading to Pennsylvania in June and I am very discouraged that I cannot find any free camping. The national forest was like $120 a week state park is 200 a week. Ughh my grandson and my Chihuahuas will be going with me so it’s not like I can pull into Walmart. In a minivan., It’s a very tight space with my power chair inside.👍🏻🚐 I am looking forward to hitting Arizona in January for the first time.

  30. Rob Persons on August 28, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    Great video!

  31. LaraLatin on August 28, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    Can you make a video talking about some creepy things that have happened to you? I would imagine you’ve run into some situations.

  32. Serenity Jewel on August 28, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    This is the best video I’ve seen on this topic. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Everybody else talks about it and acts like the viewer knows what they’re talking about. I live in western North Carolina, and could not figure out the forest roads and camp sites, even after watching numerous videos. Everybody glossed over the basics. I have been following van dwellers way before YouTube even existed and you are the best teacher of boondocking vanlife I know. So thanks again for keeping it simple.❤

  33. Thomas Mcginnis on August 28, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    Free camp apps?

  34. Buddy Collier on August 28, 2023 at 8:10 pm


  35. Traveling with Jenny on August 28, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you so much for how detailed you got on how to FIND the free/dispersed camping and for giving an example of what they look like!

  36. xerxessonofdarius on August 28, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    He bro, that wasn’t a dog house. That little roof and the plastic next to it is used to keep firewood dry in the rain or heavy mist

  37. That Guy on August 28, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    They will fill up with illegals now… the state parks in Georgia did.

  38. bikingal on August 28, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    wow I’ve been watching camping vids for over 4 years and you knocked it out the ballpark… so easily explained and I loved you showing the phone apps while actually showing your phone… now if I can just find all those spots you marked…LOL…. thanks again for taking the time to do sub

  39. Beth Darg on August 28, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Great video…… lots of information. Thanks

  40. Jason Taylor on August 28, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Look into the lens, not at the flippy screen!!!!

  41. Paublo Zuluagaa on August 28, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Great information, keep it up guy!

  42. Bronco Trail on August 28, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    i’m surprised you didn’t mention Gaia GPS

  43. The Original Shotgun Outdoors on August 28, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Very well done! Thank you!

  44. JakeElls66 on August 28, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    That trail marking ribbon to keep people out is absolutely gorgeous

  45. Luigi Riccardo on August 28, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    Indeed it was very helpful and you included good examples too. Thank you. 👍

  46. Rick Shannon on August 28, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    A lot of US, State and County roads go through National Forests.

  47. Slack Daddy on August 28, 2023 at 8:26 pm

    It’s easy, check in with the Park Ranger at the station, let them know you will be there, they will help you find the best spots! Free…….

  48. Bonnie Creevy on August 28, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Ty. This was incredibly helpful!

  49. ChrisInTheClouds on August 28, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the info man

  50. Deb Cecotti on August 28, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    Very informative! Thanks!

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