Date Place Comment
January 26th, 2022 Pisgah Crater

The road before the "gates" (at around 2 miles) is all BLM, after the gates is technically private land. I wouldn't drive to the top unless I was confident in loose sand, but exploring it on foot is fun. You could go sledding. Along the road there are lots of pulloffs, some with fire pits, that are far enough from the highway that it is quiet (except for trains). The road itself is awful, but manageable by any vehicle if you go slow.

January 24th, 2022 Jess Martin Park

This park has garbage cans, clean washrooms, and two fast-flowing spigots with good clean water. The spigots are located at either side of the washroom building.

November 20th, 2021 Alpine Divide Campground

This is a national forest campground right off 191. Only four sites are open (I assume due to fire damage) but I was here on a Saturday and it was deserted. There is a pit toilet, no other amenities. The self service pay station does not have a posted fee, just a suggestion of donation, so this is technically free . Some road noise but not at night. Great Verizon service!

November 17th, 2021 Water Canyon Campground

This is a free NF campground not far from Hwy 60. The road in is paved all the way until the final quarter mile, which is a washed out hill. I made it ok in my cargo van but it is quite bumpy - if you're low clearance or a long Rv I recommend walking it first or driving the left fork to the picnic area. People camp there too, judging by fire rings, and it's less bumpy. The campground has pit toilets, picnic tables and no other services (water, trash, electricity). Absolutely no Verizon service. Totally free tho looks like they may impose a fee starting next year.

November 9th, 2021 Maxwell national wildlife refuge campground

Free primitive camping near lake 13. There are pit toilets and trash cans and minimal shade. Real beautiful area for bird watching and fishing.

November 1st, 2021 Billy Creek Campground

Official NF campground just 20 mins from the Winding Stair scenic drive. Pit toilets, picnic tables and fire pits. There are about 13 sites, very quiet save for ATVs running through on weekends. Semi-abandoned so there is no fee box or pay station. Don't trust Google maps to get here - follow the paved road past the RV park, onto the gravel section. At the fork with the campground sign turn LEFT. Hikers: pass through the campground and continue straight 1/4 mile to the trailhead (on the right) for the 8 mile Billy Creek loop, which follows the white and yellow rectangular blazes.

November 1st, 2021 Fourche Lake Rec Area

Free primitive camping at this National Forest area. Right on a lake with fishing. There are about six sites, no amenities really. Very quiet. When coming from the V road turn east when you see the sign - the road is dirt but in decent shape for any vehicle.

November 1st, 2021 Bayou Bluffs Rec Area

Free national forest campground with 3 sites. Each has a picnic table, old stone shelter , and fire pit. There's also a bit of parking for vans or RVs near the picnic pavilion. It's very quiet, right on a nice creek. You can hike to the abandoned "upper" portion of the area which is kind of spooky and cool. Pit toilet available, very minimal Verizon service.

October 25th, 2021 Dispersed Camping in Red River

All along Tunnel Road and throughout the Red River Geological Area you can backcountry/dispersed camp for a nominal fee. Buy a pass at any nearby gas station in Slade or Pine Ridge. It is $3. You can park for a few days in any marked lot or set up a tent just a few hundred feet into the woods. There are lots of spots along this road and some more up 715 too. Pit toilets and garbage cans at most of them. Very busy on weekends with backpackers but I stayed two nights in my van and had very quiet sleeps.

October 25th, 2021 Thelma Stovall Park

The town here allows primitive camping in this Riverside park. You can check their website. No need to call or register. I assume by the picnic pavilions but it is not quite clear where the camping is allowed. I parked overnight in the parking lot but you could tent camp here too. There are garbage cans and porta potties. Very dark and quiet, just a bit of train noise every so often.

October 25th, 2021 Hawk Recreation Area

This is a FREE National Forest campground where you can stay for 21 days. Pit toilets, no water available, pack in/pack out trash. It is very quiet, with about 13 sites, some of which are ok for larger rigs. Not a ton of solar because of the forest if that's a concern for you. The roads to get here are ok - any car can do it, careful of some washouts but even a sedan could safely navigate it. Not a lick of Verizon service.

October 18th, 2021 Monongahela NF - Gandy Creek

I recommend driving further down the road to more private sites that are a bit off the main road. The road is well maintained and a good drive. About two miles down you'll see a footbridge over the creek - turn in on the left after you see it and you'll find a great private trailhead and an even better tent spot across the river.

October 3rd, 2021 Rotary Club/Sailor Beach

great place. very quiet (with exception of a loud train that pulled through twice). even on a Saturday night there were no other people around. it is a bit spooky and abandoned feeling, but very close to breweries. honk as you go over the bridge!

July 4th, 2021 Glebe Park

A dirt parking lot for Glebe Park, the sculpture forest and the local museum. There are no "no parking" signs and it is very quiet back here, almost no traffic because the road dead ends at the park. There is an outhouse in the park as well.

June 1st, 2021 Denny's Dam

This is a parking lot for the dam and an access point for the Saugeen River that is run by the Ministry of Natural Resources. There is a washroom and picnic tables and lots of fishermen and paddlers in the river. The parking lot has no "no overnight" or "no camping" signs so I think it's good. Not directly on a road, fairly hidden in the bush. No cell signal in the lot but there is signal by the water. Very quiet at night.

May 27th, 2021 Bruce Trail Parking (Frank Holley Side Trail)

Small gravel parking area at the very end of a well-graded road. You can access the main Bruce Trail as well as a side trail from this parking area. Surrounded by nature and no residences - it is really quiet back here. Small pull-off, though, so I wouldn't bring anything bigger than a sprinter or any more than two vehicles.

May 15th, 2021 Off Aylen Lake Road

If the access point just up the road is busy, this does in a pinch. Crown land just off the paved Aylen Lake Road, the approach to an old and unused logging road. You can still hear and see the road from here but it's fairly tucked away. Not very level or large so I would only bring one vehicle back here, no room to turn around.

May 5th, 2021 Log Chute Trailhead

This is a trailhead parking lot for the nearby log chute trail. It is just a gravel lot, no facilities, but is well off the main highway (35) and is quiet. There are picnic tables, garbage cans and an outhouse 200 m down the road at the log chute area. A sign in this lot says there's a 72 hour parking limit.

April 22nd, 2021 Silent Valley Side Loop Parking

This is a small parking area for a side loop of the Bruce Trail. It's at the end of a dead end street with very few houses or farms around. Space for about six or seven vehicles. No amenities, no "no parking" signs that I can see. Very quiet at night. Good Fido cell service.

January 23rd, 2021 Waylon Jennings Free RV Park

This is a little RV park right off the main road in Littlefield. About ten sites with electric and water and picnic table at each one. There is a dumpster near the back fence too. it is free for the first four nights and after that you have to pay $20/night.


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