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Dispersed Camping

Dispersed (primitive) camping—Dispersed camping is available in multiple locations throughout the forest, and is intended to provide a rustic, less manicured and natural experience.  Whether you decide to camp within a Congressionally-designated Wilderness or the general forest area, we ask that you follow the principles of Leave No Trace.  By leaving no trace you are reducing your impact to the natural environment and preserving the quality of experience for future visitors.  Basic Leave No Trace principles include the following:

  • Secure all food and keep safe from bears.
  • Do not feed wild animals.
  • Do not leave campfires unattended.
  • Be sure to completely put out any campfire before leaving your site unattended.

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Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Blue Ridge Ranger District area description
  • Chattooga River District area description
  • Tallulah River Road Corridor
  • Wildcat Creek Campground #1 Lower
  • Wildcat Creek Road Corridor
  • Conasauga Ranger District area description
  • Ball Field Dispersed Camping Area
  • Bear Creek Trail
  • Pinhoti Trail in Georgia
  • Oconee Ranger District area description