Alternatives to Camping in National Parks

ForestCamping.com, a comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands, provides detailed information for campers interesting in discovering an alternative to camping in national parks.

Whether a first time visitor to a national park, or a returning  visitor, ForestCamping.com can help start planning.

According to National Geographic and National Parks Conservation Association, since 2007, among the top 10 national parks visited are Great Smokey, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Olympic, and Rocky Mountain. These parks share a boundary with 17 different national forests with literally hundreds of developed campgrounds convenient to a park entrance.

National forest campgrounds available to the national park visitor offer a variety of experiences, amenities and freedom not often found in national parks. These parks include:

The Great Smokey National Park in Tennessee is a short drive from the family-friendly Tsali campground in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina.

The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona has De Motte Park campground on the Canyon’s North Rim and Ten-X campground on the South Rim. Both are in the Kaibab National Forest.

Tioga Lake campground, in California’s Inyo National Forest is at Yosemite National Park’s east entrance and has fabulous views of the park.

Fred and Suzi Dow and their traveling companions.

The Stanislaus National Forest’s Diamond “O”, at the Yosemite National Park west entrance, is a peaceful alternative to the park’s crowds.

Baker’s Hole campground in the Gallatin National Forest, in Montana, has electric hook-ups and fishing in the famous Madison River and is less than 10 miles from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

In the shadow of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming are rock climbing and incredible views with campsites tucked into a stand of lush Douglas fir at Teton Canyon campground in Targhee National Forest in Idaho.

Nestled in a lush rain-forest on the west side the Olympic National Park, in Washington, is Klahowya campground. A thick moss carpet covers the ground while the campground’s grand old trees seem to reach down to welcome visitors.

Campgrounds that offer tranquil alternatives to the hustle-and-bustle of the very popular Rocky Mountain National Park are the Roosevelt National Forest’s Peaceful Valley and Arapaho National Forest’s Stillwater campgrounds.

Stillwater campground has the additional attractions of recreational vehicle hook-ups, hot showers, and campsites on the beautiful 7,000-acre Lake Granby.

This is just a sampling of a few of the developed campgrounds in national forests located conveniently to seven of the top 10 most visited national parks. There are many more available to campers looking for alternatives.

Redfish Lake near Glacier View Campground in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho (Source: forestcamping.com)

An example of how many camping alternatives there are is found around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. With both bordering each other, there are 75 developed campgrounds in seven national forests within 75 miles of these Parks, some as close as three miles from an entrance.

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ForestCamping.com, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands.

It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors.

In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of 11 U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website.

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of ForestCamping.com, have devoted 17 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.

Website: forestcamping.com

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Updated Forest Service Campground Guides Available

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors of ForestCamping.com, the comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands, announced publication of revised and updated U.S. National Forest Campground Guides for the Pacific Northwest, Eastern, and Rocky Mountain regions.

These guides include essential information, such as descriptions, amenities, and anecdotes from the authors, who have visited each campground, to help campers select a campground best suited to the experience they want.

The Guides are available only in electronic format as Ebooks on CD and downloads from ForestCamping.com website’s bookstore, according to a news release.

The Ebook on CD includes a screen saver specific to the applicable region, maps reflecting the relative location of campgrounds in the national forest and grassland, and GPS coordinates.

In addition to the revised and updated Pacific Northwest, Eastern, and Rocky Mountain regions, guides are available for the Southern, Southwest, Northern, Intermountain, Pacific Southwest, and Alaska regions.

Also the guides can be purchased together on a single the National CD or download.

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Fred and Suzi Dow and their traveling companions.

ForestCamping.com, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands.

It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors.

In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of eleven U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website.

Fred and Suzi Dow have devoted 18 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.

Fred Dow retired from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1996. Suzi Dow is a former instructor at George Mason University.

In 1996 the couple moved from their Virginia home to become full-time RVers and to devote their full attention to their research.

They now reside part-time in Bisbee, Arizona.

Fred and Suzi Dow have been featured in Newsweek, National Geographic, the NARFE Magazine (the National Association for Retired Federal Employees), and the Christian Science Monitor, as well as in local and regional publications including the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Daily Sun, and the Independent Record (Helena, MT).

Parker Canyon Lake west of Coronado National Monument in southeastern Arizona. The national forest campground is comprised of two loops above the lake. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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Camping Opportunities in National Forests & Grasslands

As summer camping season approaches many families will rely on ForestCamping.com for camping opportunities in national forests and grasslands.

Mendenhall Glacier from the campground in Tongass National Forest, Alaska (Source: forestcamping.com)

Old man winter may have made a late arrival in your area but summer and the family camping season is just around the corner.

Camping is a good way for families to reconnect, to help strengthen family bonds, and counter the stressful effects of a busy lifestyle.

Many national forest campgrounds were designed, developed, and are managed for families, making them outstanding and affordable family vacation destinations.

Each year more families are discovering great family vacation destinations in national forest and grassland campgrounds. Whether camping with pre-school or older children, there are Forest Service campgrounds that will fit the family.

Using ForestCamping.com, with more than 2,400 developed campgrounds in 175 national forests and grasslands scattered across the country in 44 states, families can be assured they’ll find a Forest Service campground with what they want to see, do, and enjoy.

Canoes at Sawbill Campground in Superior National Forest, Minnesota (Source: forestcamping.com)

Whether close to home or for a cross-country trip, ForestCamping.com provides families—new or experienced campers—a source to locate an affordable camping experience.

Several examples follow:

Mendenhall Campground in Tongass National Forest, Alaska – Full hookups, a Visitor Center that is outstanding, fishing, hiking, hot showers, and a glacier right there. And it’s Alaska, the Land of the Midnight Sun, an ultimate family camping adventure destination. Details here>

Sawbill Campground in Superior National Forest, Minnesota – Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is just steps from every campsite. The adjacent outfitter has everything needed for a memorable one day or week long canoe trip into the BWCAC including canoes and guide. Imagine listening to loon calls while eating pancakes stuffed with fresh picked blueberries. Details here>

Glacier View Campground in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho – One of 37 developed campgrounds in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Centrally located, it is convenient to the breathtaking Sawtooth Wilderness with fabulous hiking trails, Redfish Lake with Rainbow, Brook, and Mackinaw trout, historic Redfish Lake Lodge offering a boat shuttle to Sawtooth Wilderness, trail rides, and a cook’s night out, and interpretive programs throughout the summer. Details here>

Lake Powhatan Campground in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina– Full hookups, modern bathroom facilities, beach and swim area, fishing, hiking

Redfish Lake near Glacier View Campground in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho (Source: forestcamping.com)

, educational programs, and convenient to a number of attraction such as Cradle of Forestry Visitor Center, Blue Ridge Parkway and the Biltmore Estate, this campground has been popular with families for decades. Details here>

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ForestCamping.com
ForestCamping.com, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands.

It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors.

In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of eleven U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website.

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of ForestCamping.com, have devoted 17 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.

Website: forestcamping.com

Worth Pondering…

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

—John Muir

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