HOW TO FIND AMAZING CAMPSITES: Campgrounds vs Dispersed Camping (free camping!)

Today I’m sharing exactly how I find the amazing campsites you see in my other camping vlogs! I get asked all the time where I’m car camping and how I find free camping without lots of other people. This video gives you all the details! Check the description below for more info and related camping tips. Subscribe to my channel here (it’s free!):

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  1. Joe Burrr on March 9, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Great information

  2. Betheny Slater on March 9, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you for the information! I am new to camping and need to find myself again.

  3. enkor2113 on March 9, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    i wish i had access to dispersed campsites. in south texas we have a few state parks that are overpriced and kind of undermaintained, and with all the hubbub going on the parks are very limited capacity and fill up way too quick. i havent had my fix all year ;-;. also just found your channel and you make great content! sorry for the like spam (and possible comment spam?) i’m binging your stufff ;P

  4. Just Sunshïne on March 9, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Such a great video!!

  5. Sykez Adventures on March 9, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks for all your tips!

  6. Go Away Gina on March 9, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips

  7. Unpaved Explorer on March 9, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Hello Amanda, great information. Take Care and Keep Exploring The Outdoors.

  8. Venkat Krisshna on March 9, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you Amanda! Great quality of footage and content.

  9. Joe Parham on March 9, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I never knew you could camp out on public land. Thanks!

  10. McKenzie Nutter on March 9, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    This was SUCH a helpful video!! Thanks for making it! You should do a video of how you plan your camping trips like how far in advance you plan, what you look for as far as routes to get to the forest, what hikes you plan, etc!! 🙂

  11. Devin Braun on March 9, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks Amanda. This seems to be a topic many people are curious about based on comments I’ve seen on your channel and others.

    I recommend people start by ordering the Benchmark (brand) recreational atlas for any area you plan on visiting. They show private vs public land by category (NPS, NFS, BLM as well as State Parks). They also show almost all designated public campgrounds, front and backcountry, but not all private (e.g. KoA). With this in hand you are equipped to further your research on-line (sat maps, forums, agency sites) as well as the many valuable apps for trails, overlanding and camping.

    Have a number of potential sites identified near your destination and be flexible upon arrival; sites may be occupied, roads/bridges/passes closed, the nice looking clearing on google earth is actually a bog, etc…

    Last recommendation: it’s usually worth stopping by the Natl Forest district office as you arrive in the area (you are usually driving right past it in the local “big town” you will almost certainly be visiting to stock up on supplies). The rangers can update you on all sorts of valuable info: fire restrictions or areas under threat of active fires, designated site status and dispersed site recommendations, road conditions, areas to avoid for various reasons, you get the idea. Also an opportunity to buy detailed 1:24,000 scale USGS maps of the area and use a flush toilet one last time before going off grid for a spell.

    Final note: be safe and responsible. In many places dispersed camping is in jeopardy for all because of bad behavior of a few. If you cannot follow leave no trace practices, you should stay at developed campsites that have dumpsters, restrooms, etc… (or home!)

  12. Nenne Effe on March 9, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks for answering my question!

  13. SundayRidesOver on March 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Great channel. You have a skill at instruction.

  14. Brian Hansen on March 9, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for yet another great information video. Keep em coming 🤗

  15. Hello Britt on March 9, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I have been wondering how to find spots like you do with no ppl around. Great video

  16. john checketts on March 9, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Morning Amanda love all your videos whot part of the country is it ware you are from it looks like a lovely place to camp take care and stay safe xx

  17. Hannah Henshall on March 9, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    I have been wondering how you find these spots for so long! Thank you for making this video!!!💕

  18. Michael Vowell on March 9, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    My wife is inspired after watching your videos. Her only question is safety being alone without me. Any tips?

  19. N kakarla on March 9, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Love your shirt

  20. Polina Kapchits on March 9, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Amanda, thanks for doing what ya do and for being you! Can you do a video on camping cleanup? Washing dishes/utensils/pots/etc. Car camping (campgrounds and dispersed) and Backpacking? Please!

  21. Manny taja on March 9, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you amanda , im 54 and got me a instant 6 person cabin tent for myself, im 6”tall , and thinking about start doing some camping, im a rookie so thank you for the tip , it was vert helpful, mmmmmm you’re right I believe I’ll start on KOA camping site first before i do what you do lol , so i get more experience and not to be afraid of the wild life , been by yourself can be scary in the woods lol , thank you and happy thanksgiving, god bless, your new friend from Savannah Georgia, manny 🤗🤗🤗

  22. Julian Settle on March 9, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Amanda love your videos they are so informing! You do such a good job explaining things. The meal plans are very good. Thanks keep up the good work! God Bless!

  23. David Savage on March 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Your channel is one of my favorites! Lot’s of beautiful scenery and loads of useful information! Keep up the great work!

  24. Betty Jo Rodgers on March 10, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Great information. Thank you so much. Blessings

  25. cg2020ify on March 10, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Great review of each! Waste removal is really key. If you are the type of person who wants to get rid of your trash in a dumpster before you leave, instead of packing it out with you, then a campground would be for you. Some dispersed camping (in the desert, for example) even encourages or requires that you even pack out your own human waste – I think you’ve touched on this in some of your backpacking videos. Regardless of where you’re camping…make sure you leave it better than you found it so we can all enjoy it! 🙂

  26. John Dunn on March 10, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Hello, I keep coming back to your channel because it is so informative. I was wondering , for dispersed camping, what aps would you recommend? I live in California, and want to plan a trip for probably February. I am a poler bear guy, so I like cold, and don’t mind rainy at all. LOL. I am looking for the away from camp grounds outing. I have been camping on and off every year for about 10 years, and have grown tired of having neighbors at camp. Lol I work in retail so I get enough of people and when I want to get away, well I want to get away. I love nature, it has a revitalizing effect on me, and would love to find more nature and less distractions. I have a few very close friends who are looking to try this as well, and I don’t want to make them miserable by looking in all the wrong places for good info. any help would be greatly appreciated. I love your food ideas to. you really got this stuff into an art.

  27. Rob - K8BCR on March 10, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Great tips on dispersed camping 👍 more often than not, I have bad experiences at campgrounds.

  28. Lisa Butler on March 10, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Great tips! Beautiful scenery behind you!! 🌲🌲🌲

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