Places You can Camp for Free

I found information regarding lots of places you can camp for free, or close to free for some of them!! We have taken many road trips and like to camp with our children to get away from it all and leave our technology behind (great way to get closer as a family and explore)! There is a lot of varying when it comes to camping. Whether you’re looking to really rough it, or seeking an RV spot that provides a bit more amenities there is something for everyone and you can find free camping almost everywhere. (updated and republished 11/16)

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places you can camp for free

Places you can camp for free

Camping in a tent or an RV is also a great way to save money as hotels can get to be quite expensive. Finding free campsites to camp in, and cheap ones beyond that is great so you can do more and spend less. You should always look for great (affiliate link) deals on camping equipment too like on this site! Here are some places to camp for free and resources I found that are helpful!

places you can camp for free
Photo credit to is a great resource when you are looking for campgrounds that are free to use or very cheap if there is a fee. In many places, like Ca., you can easily camp all year long so having something like this on hand is great when exploring new places. Just enter the site, click on the state you are visiting, and they will give you a list of inexpensive and places you can camp for free. Some are only for RVs, tents, or both. This site breaks where the free campgrounds are by state and shows you what they have found. Enjoy my friends & follow me on Pinterest for more helpful hints on living within a budget! 😉 Another great site is that lists TONS of places for tent and RV camping that is sometimes free or cheap such as KOA sites and a lot more.

Another great site that has TONS of places you can camp for free across the U.S. and you can camp an unlimited number of times with 1 small yearly fee called Thousand Trails, you can read more about their program here. We are a part of their Southwest region and there are more sites than we could visit in a year, great resource for avid campers in tents and RVs.

I have a great post with a free printable checklist for camping necessities here too you can read, and make sure to find discount camping gear (affiliate link) before you go……have fun!

Places you can camp for free within the United States in a tent or an RV. Some have a small fee but most are free to use. Great resource when camping.

We had some great adventures tent camping just outside of Yosemite National Park in California last summer, you can see our adventures here, and plan to do it much more often when our kids have breaks.

** If you live in the Temecula area I have a list of great local spots that we have visited that you may enjoy here! **

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10 Responses to Places You can Camp for Free

  1. I had my camp list laminated, and have a grease pencil attached to it. I like those better than the erase markers. While loading up, we keep the list in the camper, and check off items as they are loaded.

  2. I love doing my research on campgrounds and campsites on They have pictures and you can review specific sites you’ve stayed in. Ive even made a few bucks posting pictures of some of the campsites in a campground we visited. Thank you for more resources! I’m always looking for other sites to research the best sites on.

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