This Memorial Day weekend, there were quite a few campers who were shocked at the crowded conditions of the state park and NFS campgrounds they reserved online. There were also a few poor newbies who didn’t even reserve a campsite and realized there was no patch of ground available for walk-ins, so they ended up at an Econo-Lodge next to Denny’s…
With FreeCampsites.net, these type of situations should be nearly eradicated from our weekend excursions. It is one of those rare websites that fulfills the promise of the internet: it becomes a virtual word-of-mouth, providing the user useful advice and accurate information on a specific subject.
It’s all in the name. FreeCampsites.net outlines free areas to camp throughout the US states and Canada. The sites are mostly Bureau of Land Management and other public-lands options rarely noted elsewhere on maps or even other online recreation searches. In this sense, FreeCampsites.net reveals the exact locations where crowds are rare and nature is plentiful.
FreeCampsites.net landing page. Easy interface. Yes, there are ads, but they’re appropriate for a site that makes no direct $ from their subject matter. They even have a PayPal “donate” button. I recommend we use it.
Users can register and write reviews of campgrounds they’ve visited, which is invaluable in many of these cases. There is also the ability for users to suggest a new free-campground to the website. From my observations the webmasters do their diligence in following-up on these suggestions and, once approved, quickly add them quickly to the database.
Finally a USEFUL map on a camping website. Kudos!
The information FreeCampsites.net includes is important when taking into consideration there usually are less facilities at free campgrounds. Yet, the website uses clear and concise descriptions and iconography to let you know if there are toilets (the big worry for most of us) maintained roads, picnic tables, etc. Once you know what is available, you can then pack accordingly.
I’ve personally camped at at least one of the WA locations listed on FreeCampsites.net. Quincy Lakes is an almost magical location located on the eastern gorge of the Columbia River. A friend once told me about this area and drew-up about 5 sheets of graph paper explaining the facilities and directions. While these personal recommendations are irreplaceable, FreeCampsites.net augments (and substantiates) them through their own research and interface.
Quincy Lakes Information Page from FreeCampsites.net
Camping should always have some adventure to it. FreeCampsites.net just helps bring the comfort-level up a notch or two. One NEEDS to know whether to bring their own toilet paper to a campground, and don’t get me wrong – that’s still 100 times better than staying at Econo-Lodge.