Camping & Cabins

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Camping is a favorite activity on National Forests. The Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests offer a variety of camping experiences ranging from developed campgrounds to backcountry camping.

Developed Campgrounds

  • If a site requires a reservation, visit to reserve at least 7 days in advance. 

  • Reservations cannot be made by calling the forest. 

  • Developed campsites that do not need a reservation, are first-come first-served. The forest is not able to manage a list of availability.

Backcountry Camping (Dispersed Camping)

Backcountry camping is allowed in most locations on the forest unless there is a specific closure order in place for a particular area.

The following camping practices are recommended:

  • Locate campsites at least 200’ from trails or waterbodies including ponds, rivers, and streams
  • When able, utilize sites already managed for overnight use including designated tent platforms and established shelters
  • Do not camp in alpine or sub-alpine areas where trees are 8’ or less.  Help protect these fragile ecosystems!

​Please follow the princliples of leave no trace:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts 
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Long-distance Hiking Shelters

On the Green Mountain National Forest there are several trail shelters available for use along the Appalachian/Long Trail on the Manchester District and along both the Appalachian and Long Trails on the Rochester Ranger District, which are separate trails in this area.  These shelters vary from 3-sided Adirondack style shelters to more modern designs and there are even a couple of 4-sided cabins. These shelters are all first-come first served and are often shared with other visitors.  

On the Finger Lakes National Forest, there is a 3-sided Adirondack style shelter located along the Finger Lakes Trail.  Visitors must carry their own food, cooking equipment and overnight gear.  Please pack out all your trash. 

Men stop to rest a three sided Adirondack adjacent a trail.


All of these sites have a privy nearby and a source for drinking water that will need to be treated prior to use.  The Green Mountain National Forest works in partnership with the Green Mountain Club to provide caretakers at several high-use shelter and tenting areas to help maintain the sites and provide visitor education and information.