Re: [Hammock Camping] States (state parks, state forests) that prohibit hammocks on trees
I live in Indiana and our Scout Troop has camped in many of the
State Parks in the central and northern part of the state. The IN State Park's
official stance is that you cannot tie anything to trees. You can always try
the "put-up after dark, take down early approach" and have an alternate
plan if asked to take-down. Since we have been with Scouts I have usually
asked at checkin. I have hade several Park Rangers interested in the hammock
but still unbendable on the rule. They are, of course, concerned with damage to
trees cause by people handing clothes lines, tarps, dining flies, etc. I don't
think they have had enough exposure to hammock campers here yet to
Depending on the route you are taking through Indiana (I-70?) there
are KOA campgrounds that don't seem to mind... put you may have to be
walk around the campsites to be selective of one with trees the right size and distance
I ran into a case near the Everglades in a Florida State Park where they
would not permit hammocks because of a type of plant life that grows
on tree park that is eaten by an endangered snail.
----- Original Message -----
From: Jan Mack Northcutt
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2006 12:28 AM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] States (state parks, state forests) that prohibit hammocks on trees
I'm preparing to relocate from Connecticut to Mesa, AZ. I'll be driving myself and my small dog "Duffy" and sleeping in my HH Exp Asym along the way. I've plotted an itinerary with a list of state park campgrounds along my route. I've already confirmed that these campgrounds accept pets, and that they have trees. But I wonder if I'm going to run into opposition to hanging my hammock?
I looked at the state park list in Ed's newsletter but there's not much to go on. Does anyone know if tree-hanging is NOT ALLOWED in state-run campgrounds where I plan to spend the night?
The states are: PA, OH, IN, MO, OK, TX, NM
If I can't hang my hammock, I don't know what I'll do! I could spend the night in my car (tiny & overstuffed) with the seat-back lowered... or stay in a motel... but I won't get a RESTFUL SLEEP in either!
-- Even if I tie one end of the hammock to my car, I imagine I'll be miserable (and sleepless) if I have to 'bivy' on the hard ground.
-- I'm not a backpacker so I'm not disposed to carrying gear up a trail any distance.
-- I need to be where there is "safety in numbers" because I'm "a woman traveling alone"; my lap dog's barks & growls might give an intruder pause but he's no 'guard dog'! Stealth camping is out of the question.
-- And I'm SPOILED by hammocking! I've been sleeping in a hammock nearly every night since 2003 (first a Mayan string hammock hung inside, and since April the HH in various back-yards). It's PAINFUL to (try to) sleep on a flat, rigid surface like the ground or a bed. In fact, it was the aches and stiffness from sleeping in a bed -- and getting off the bed in the morning -- that drove me to try sleeping in a hammock in the first place.
Anyway, any tidbits of information about this will be appreciated.
-- Jan --
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