How We Find Free Camping, Water, and Dump – Websites & Resources We Use



After two years of life on the road we have become free campsite finding masters! Here’s how to find the best free camping in National Forests and BLM land!

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After two years of full time RVing and staying primarily in free boondocking and dry camping sites, Jenni has become a free campsite finding wizard! She is capable of finding the best free camping sites in the National Forests and BLM land.

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48 thoughts on “How We Find Free Camping, Water, and Dump – Websites & Resources We Use

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    An amazing video with great resources. Thank you so much for scoping out Asheville, NC. My wife and I went to Mars Hill College just north of Asheville, and we had no idea how much camping was available in the general area. Though we live in Florida, we would love to take our camper up to the mountains and thanks to you, we have learned of the many areas available to camp!!!!

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    This was very good! First of all thank you for the tip in the dry lubrication. 👍🏼 We have been using Campendium, Google Maps, Google Earth and if it is in a forest – one can download to your phone the MVUM maps. I definitely appreciated the info regarding two new sites for us: RV Dump Sites and Free Camping. Although you mentioned that sometimes the Forest or BLM person may not know about dispersed sites, on our last trip they were most helpful, because the Forestry told us which Forest Roads were still closed and which ones were open. They also recommended to us another area that maybe a good place to camp. We had to change our destination a couple times. Thank you for your time and effort in putting out this video.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Great info ,
    You may find funny and prob not useful for you,but I use the 3n1 slide on bottom of lawnmower deck to help keep grass from sticking. Lol

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    cell signal depends on the cell it self …lg could hawe moer signal then lets just say samsung and the nev model dont necesery meant that b bether …

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    My wife and I camp in pike. It’s incredible, I love looking at pikes peak every morning. My wife and I are looking at buying travel trailer this summer be on our way in January

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Thanks for sharing your boondocking strategy. You save first timers like me untold hours figuring this stuff out.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Very informative. I was introduced to the app "iOverlander" a few months back and it quickly became my favorite go to app for initial searches for sites, dump stations, and water. It even works with no cell signal, which is helpful to me, since we go a lot of places where there is no cell coverage.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Thank you so much for this!!! We aren't on the road yet, but this really gives me peace of mind that I can find good free dry camping sites.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Jeni, this is a great video. Thank you so much for sharing how you pick your free camping .

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Thank you so much Jenny. Watching how you move thru the process using the various references/sites etc made it so much more clear than when I’ve heard people say, “oh, I use Google Maps, etc.”

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    When you are trying to contact the BLM about where you can camp, ask for the Recreation Planner or Rec Planner not just the person that answers the phone.
    The Rec Planners job is to take care of and manage camping and recreation areas for the BLM. If it isn’t in their office area they should be able to tell you which office would manage that area.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Yet another fantastically informative video, thanks so much!! Victor Fields is a wonderful area for primitive camping. It used to be that there was a road going in to the old homesite and the apple orchards that are still sort of maintained by the park service (Blue Ridge Parkway owns it, I think); but a number of years ago they barricaded the side road with dirt and as of a few years ago there's really not much for a relatively flat space to put an RV and truck – maybe that's changed now, I don't know. Further on down the road there are people who live there year-round, so it's just the first rather flat area that's where people camp. There are also camping spaces along the forest roads west of there running down from the Blue Ridge Parkway toward the Toe River campground. As I recall there are a couple to the left side of the road if you're going down the mountain (going sort of north) that should be large enough for a trailer and truck. Check out South Toe River Road on Google Maps. Hard to see with the heavy woods cover, but before you get to the more formal campgrounds you'll find a few.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Tenn Bewarre of US 441 rd. Its very pretty but tight and curves oh yea Very high and the over look it pretty but any RV going down even in CAR will burn up brakes. avg speed for 40 plus mile is 35mph or slower. It a road to avoid. last time I went on it in brand new rental car V8 had trouble climbing up in 1st gear and was doing 58 in 1 st gear going down, oh it snowed in May at top. lots of fun. I have place in Mountain City TN and I usually cut over through Hickery. cherokee Orchard Rd is other one to stay off. Have fun… MYK

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    We use all of the one you mentioned… we also use US Public Lands great app. Very helpful video thank you!

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Outstanding information and insight into your thought process. This is just the sort of guide we were looking for. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Really great video and information. Thanks for all this great information. Thanks for keeping track of the places you have been and have them on your website. Really, Really helpful. Thank you again 🙂

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Very helpful video. Thanks so much for talking about this.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Great informative video👍 thank you
    I have the app Coverage? operated my Technomedia it has been accurate for us and strong Verizon signal is important to us. I think it is $6 a year

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Great video as usual. I'm not full time yet, but have made note that Technomadia has created some apps that you could add to your arsenal. One called Coverage? Shows the coverage maps from the big 4 carriers in the US. US Public Lands shows all the public lands. Both are map based, but download local to your phone (android or iOS) so don't require connectivity. The last they have is called state lines and summarizes travel related state laws like cell phone rules, speed limits, etc.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    I've been watching your channel for about a year now and have really enjoyed it. My wife and I travel in the summer and are tent/car campers right now but looking to get a van. We just got back from Colorado after trying free camping for the first time and we actually stayed on Middle Rampart Road. It was a great location! Made us feel good that someone with way more experience would pick the same area. Keep Travelin'!

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Extremely helpful video, thanks so much for putting together. Great to see how you look for places and the info in the review. Didn't know that Allstays was no longer on Android 🙁

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    This is a tremendous help for those in the 'want to know' mode. Beautiful step by step information on finding top camp sites in National Forests and bureau of land management locations. Thank you!

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Pikes Peak is towers above Colorado Springs. Denver is 60 miles north. Rampart Range is popular within our area. Great state park south on Hwy 115.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    I too use the websites you've shared here. I also use Google Earth because GE zooms in closer, it shows govt. lands, and elevation changes which is very handy at times when looking ahead for level sites as well as when pulling off of the pavement onto a dirt/gravel road that may drop in elevation as you would near a body of water and there are multiple levels of elevation. A good example is Walker Lake in Nevada; the satellite map image looked relatively level but in reality it was a 40 foot elevation change from the road to the water. Thanks for all you do.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Hi Jenny & David. You are correct, finding free camping in the East is quite difficult. We live 1 hr 15 min southwest of Asheville literally surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest in Franklin, NC. The road from Franklin to Highlands, NC (mini-Asheville) is one of America's most scenic with multiple waterfalls. Do not pull trailer though as extremely windy. I'd suggest expanding your search to also include Waynesville, NC, Haiwassee, GA (sp?) and Clayton, GA. These are also in the same type of mountain setting and a bit easier to access than where you were originally looking. My husband & I plan on checking out Santeetlah Lake this week since we live so close. Let me know if you'd like more info on camping (Campendium had some good reviews w/3-4 G Verizon (we only get 1 bar at one corner of our house ;- ( We'd invite you to mooch-dock here, but our 'road' is a winding uphill rutted, dirt-rock forest lane ending at our house! Enjoy WNC and get BBQ at Haywood's Smokehouse (3 locations).

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    I watch the whole video because I have been using those site also and I wanted to see if you have any other ideas for better research. Signal is what we want to eliminate. Great job showing the people how you do your searches. I just had another YouTuber, Love your RV, put a video on his blog about FreeRoam. https://freeroam.app/ Looks like another great place to look for campsites.

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  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm
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    Thank you for sharing your techniques on finding campgrounds. It became evident to me I'm getting old or have a different perspective on camping…the last thing I care about is whether or not I have cell coverage. (Even when my daughters were at home sharing vacations.) Funny, I don't recall either of them or my wife complaining about coverage. Personally, I take refuge when I camp and try to just pretend everything else, especially phones and the internet, don't exist. Please don't judge my escapism as chronic…My gray hair bears witness to the complete contrary, he, he.

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