Dispersed Camping

Camping vehicle seen through the trees

Dispersed camping is the term used for camping outside of a developed campground. If you enjoy selecting your own campsite, providing your own amenities, creating your own experience, and camping for FREE, then dispersed camping is for you!


  • Choose a campsite screened from roads and trails, and at least 200 feet from water
  • Use a campsite that’s already been established, if possible. 
  • If you choose a new site, return the site to its natural condition when you leave


  • Your animal friends are welcome to accompany you on your dispersed camping adventure!


  • Only burn wood that is already dead and down
  • Always make sure your fire is DEAD OUT and cold to the touch before you leave it
  • Campfires are allowed below 3,500 feet when not otherwise prohibited by fire restrictions


  • Store your food & trash properly to keep bears and other wildlife out of your camp
  • Whatever you pack in, PACK IT OUT!

Human Waste

  • Bury your poo & paper at least 6” deep and at least 200 feet away from any water source


  • Your dispersed campsite must be at least ¼ mile away from any developed recreation site
  • Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days within any 30-day period
  • Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest System lands


View recreation sites on the Olympic National Forest online recreation map.

Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Dosewallips area
  • Hamma Hamma area

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities