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. Tina Searcy on December 3, 2019 at 3:18 am

    DO YOU get along with anyone or were these just BAD incidence

  2. John P on December 3, 2019 at 3:18 am

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

  3. 1cont on December 3, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Great video. I feel like a total shmuck if I ever have to pay for a campsite

  4. Gypsy Queen on December 3, 2019 at 3:21 am

    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

  5. Pop Corn on December 3, 2019 at 3:22 am

    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.

  6. methesponge on December 3, 2019 at 3:23 am

    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.

  7. Ronald Rose on December 3, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Hello my outdoors friend, thank you for sharing your very informative video. I hope to do some winter camping next month in the El Dorado County national forest in Ca. Take care out there and be safe. 🤗

  8. Kenneth Earl Wigglesworth on December 3, 2019 at 3:27 am

    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…

  9. B Lauver on December 3, 2019 at 3:28 am

    What a Snitch

  10. priscilla torres on December 3, 2019 at 3:30 am

    Wheres that campground ?

  11. ROMANS -KJV BIBLE on December 3, 2019 at 3:30 am


  12. Jeffro on December 3, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Great stuff! I used to camp a lot, however I got caught in the trap of modern day living. I’m planning on working and camping full time across the country asap. I too like peace and quiet when camping. Can you tell me if you’re allowed to have a bottle of hooch when camping in your vehicle at a free camp site?

  13. Abshir on December 3, 2019 at 3:33 am

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

  14. T& A on December 3, 2019 at 3:33 am

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

  15. ForkInTheRoad on December 3, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Snitches get Stitches. Stupid Liberal.

  16. Our World Goes 'round on December 3, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I hate campgrounds. You have to reserve a spot a year in advance., plus the people. I sleep in my SUV. I have had people camp next to me and behind me. Going through my campsite to get to the other one. I even was nice and asked if they would like to switch, so they could be side by side. They said no. So stay in your campsite. Their kids were running all over the place. Music, bum bum bum all day, in to the late night.

  17. BG Smith on December 3, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Thx for sharing!!

  18. Ken B on December 3, 2019 at 3:38 am

    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.

  19. Elena Mishina on December 3, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Thanks for a precious information!

  20. julie Froman on December 3, 2019 at 3:44 am

    narrow road. how does traffic move past one another?

  21. Jay Bee on December 3, 2019 at 3:44 am

    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.

  22. Fundamentalist American. on December 3, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I would have like this vid better if you actually had a bomb in the truck in dc…..

  23. Janell Evans on December 3, 2019 at 3:45 am

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

  24. Pat B on December 3, 2019 at 3:46 am

    WOW the music blasted loud.

  25. Ric G on December 3, 2019 at 3:46 am

    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.

  26. Jeffrey Vasby on December 3, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Thanks for the info son, l like your truck camper you built and you always deal with ignorant people sometimes. I just subscribed to your Channel. Love and God Bless! Uncle Jeff!

  27. Geno Keeton on December 3, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Lot of people go camping to have fun not crawl in there tent at 10 pm and you called the police 3 times what a cry baby you are complain complain complain

  28. Andrea Deamon on December 3, 2019 at 3:48 am

    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. Terri Temple on December 3, 2019 at 3:48 am

    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. 🙂

  30. Hunter of Truth on December 3, 2019 at 3:48 am

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

  31. Dylan Tumbleweed on December 3, 2019 at 3:48 am

    great video!

  32. Tina Searcy on December 3, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Nice place to camp

  33. Tpc Courtney on December 3, 2019 at 3:49 am

    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

  34. David Giles on December 3, 2019 at 3:54 am

    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

  35. Dan 319 on December 3, 2019 at 3:57 am

    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

  36. Tpc Courtney on December 3, 2019 at 3:57 am

    I do like your video 😁

  37. Cheryl Jolly on December 3, 2019 at 3:59 am

    sorry seat belts no matter where you are are MANDATORY

  38. Luv2 HODL on December 3, 2019 at 4:02 am

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

  39. yoemailmenow on December 3, 2019 at 4:02 am

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

  40. Cecilia cecilia on December 3, 2019 at 4:03 am

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

  41. D-A B on December 3, 2019 at 4:05 am

    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.

  42. Team Fish on December 3, 2019 at 4:07 am

    FF to 7:16 to get to subject matter🙄

  43. william velasco on December 3, 2019 at 4:09 am

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

  44. Evan Schulte on December 3, 2019 at 4:10 am

    I HATE camp grounds. Just trying to mind my business and smoke a little weed and I get ticketed every time. Definitely national forest are where it at.

  45. julie Froman on December 3, 2019 at 4:12 am

    you can have a fire? in that rock circle, with care??

  46. Dan 319 on December 3, 2019 at 4:13 am

    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

  47. robert smith on December 3, 2019 at 4:13 am

    i just LOVE your pre-video warning about what a national forest is. i swear if you don’t hold some people’s hand they will walk right in front of a speeding tractor trailer,…..just like the movie pet sematary–looool!!!!

  48. methesponge on December 3, 2019 at 4:13 am

    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.

  49. Dan Williams on December 3, 2019 at 4:17 am

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

  50. Jms Fabrication on December 3, 2019 at 4:18 am

    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!

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