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!
- 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
ENJOY YOUR OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST!
View recreation sites on the Olympic National Forest online recreation map.