Are all of the campgrounds full for the 2017 Total Eclipse? Here are some options you might not have thought of or even know about. Best of all, many are free! Below, we’ve listed some gems for you to check out in each state that the eclipse will be visible. Want more options? Be sure to visit the full eclipse listings for each state.
Willamette National Forest FR 220
There are many free dispersed camping options in the beautiful Willamette National Forest…This exact location has 3 large sites right off highway 242. With the large trees and lost creek running near the sites it is very peaceful. Close to some hot springs, the ranger station, and many great hiking/mountain biking options.
Visitors to the campground can enjoy bird watching, hunting and fishing in near by creeks. Hikers have options in the Cedar Grove Botanical area and Fields Peak trail. Visitors may get the opportunity to see one of the beautiful wild horses that reside in the area.
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This campsite can hold multiple RV’s. The road in is a little rough at the beginning and probably only Push-in and Travel Trailers can access this place. However, the site is great! It is right next to a creek with clear water. The ground looks to be too soft for heavy vehicles, like a Class A Diesel. This campsite has a 16 day stay limit.
Palisades Reservoir – Indian Creek
A great, open area with a ton of boondocking opportunities. The main road into camping area is directly off of US Hwy 26, so it’s easy to get to. There is an official Palisades Ranger District kiosk. It has two vault toilets about 200 feet from the main road. There are many areas that have become established campsites and many opportunities to make your own. The Campsites range from private in the trees to right next to the water on gravel/dirt. The reservoir drains throughout the summer so new sites open up as the season progresses.
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Gros Ventre, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton NP
There are some terrific, pure boondocking locations on Gros Ventre Road (Locally pronounced: “Grow Vaunt”), just east of Grand Teton National Park. One of the most beautiful roads in all of Wyoming, it penetrates some 30 miles into the wilds! It is a destination unto itself!
Ayres Natural Bridge State Park
A beautiful location for both overnight camping and for day trips–lots of old trees to give shade, some beautiful rock formations, the bridge, and the creek. It is located between Douglas and Glenrock, and not too far from Casper. A perfect spot for those just passing through to spend a night or locals who have small children and don’t want to rough it.
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This is a great out of the way, secluded lake with lots and lots of tent camping and RV camping. There are paved roads all around the lake. You can set up your campsite, more or less, wherever you want. Very limited access to electricity and water. Pit toilets. One shower house. The lake is good size with lots of beaches and swimming everywhere. $8 tents, $13 RV. Playgrounds. Some trees. Easy access. Loup City is 7 miles away with limited amenities.
Pressey State Wildlife Management Area
In the middle of the Nebraska Sandhills, this area has small hills and some tree shade coverage. It also provides FREE electricity hookup for a maximum of 14 days. The South Loup River is great for fishing and wildlife viewing. There is also a small lake near the campground. Very small, but lots of isolation and back to nature enjoyment.
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Kansas – Missouri – Illinois
Atchison Kansas State Fishing Lake
The lake consists of 248 surface acres of water and is surrounded by 182 acres of public wildlife area. Free primitive camping is allowed on the south and east sides of the lake. There are picnic facilities and restrooms available on-site and potable water is provided at the southeast entrance to the lake.
Pine Ridge NF Campground
This is a small free primitive National Forest Service campground on Route Y just a few miles east of Ashland, Missouri in the Mark Twain NF. The area is very scenic with huge pine trees. There are nice hiking trails. The campsites are small and suited only for small RVs. There is an outhouse latrine.
Red Bud Campground
A nice, quiet campground on a hill above the Belle Smith Springs Recreation Area in the Shawnee National Forest of Illinois. There are a lot of hiking trails in the area, a natural arch and even a few swimming holes. There are no amenities save for a hand pumped well for water and maintained outhouses.
Kentucky – Tennessee
Land Between The Lakes offers backcountry camping as an alternatives to the more developed campgrounds. There are 12 designated Backcountry Camping Areas offering year-round lakeside camping. Although these areas offer fewer amenities than developed campgrounds, these areas offer more peace, solitude, and a more primitive camping experience at Land Between The Lakes. A backcountry camping permit costs $7 for 3 days or $30/year.
This camping area is located outside of Spring City, TN. It’s a peninsula that extends out into Watts Bar Lake so all campsites are waterfront. I would estimate that there are about 50 sites. There are trash cans and they have port-a-potties scatter throughout. That’s it. It’s nothing fancy but there is plenty of shade and a beautiful view. Bring your boat and park it at your campsite. RV’s do come here but it’s primitive camping. I’d say half RVs, half tents.
Carolinas – Georgia
Lake Chatuge TVA
Located on the Hiwassee River in western North Carolina, the lake is 13 miles long and extends southeast from the dam into north Georgia. The reservoir is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement. Sport fishing is popular at Chatuge, both in the reservoir and in the Hiwassee River below the dam. Wade fishing for trout is popular here since fish are attracted to the weir, where food is abundant.
Honey Hill Campground
This primitive camping facility is located between McClellanville and Honey Hill in Eastern South Carolina. A short camp loop swings through an upland pine/oak forest and encircles a fire lookout tower. The fire lookout tower is no longer in use.
West Fork Campground
Visitors to this 5-site developed campground marvel over the picturesque bird’s eye view of the world renowned Chattooga River in Georgia. Situated along the west fork of the river, this area offers isolation and adventure all in one. Visitors often comment they feel as though they’ve been swept back in time and are looking out onto the great frontier of the past when enjoying the area’s treasured scenic views. Come explore and enjoy such adventures as camping, fishing, hiking and canoeing!