Camping in North America
May 1, 2004 9:21 AM Subscribe
I want to camp for cheap in the northeastern US and southeastern Canada. [More inside.]
posted by mragreeable to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total)
Alright, a friend and I are planning a motorcycle camping trip from here in sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia up to Toronto and then perhaps east to Nova Scotia. Commercial campgrounds, and a lot of state parks, are often more than $16 - sometimes up to $20. Is it as hard as I think it is to find cheap/free places to camp? We're not picky - an untrafficked patch of grass/dirt is about all we ask. We have exceptionally strong bladders and can probably make due with gas station bathrooms if forced. We are men in our mid-to-late twenties, if that widens/limits our options.
Also, the motorcycle thing might be a little limiting. Two strong men could easily lift our little japanese sportbikes and place them in a pickup truck, so we'd rather not have to hike several miles from where the bikes are parked.
So here's what I've found so far.
In the US :
- National forests. Apparently you can camp free in US national forests.
- There are a couple of parks in Pennsylvania that are $3/night for a camp site.
In Canada :
I'm thinking I might email or fax a few churches in the areas that seem particularly problematic. Does anybody think it's likely they'd allow someone to stay overnight on some corner of their property? I can probably get my current church to write a letter that I am a member in good standing and show no obvious signs of being an axe murderer.
Anybody have any ideas? Experience with this sort of thing?
By the way, this seems like the sort of thing that would probably have been covered on AxeMe, but a google search didn't turn up anything.