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What to Know About Camping in State Parks

What to Know About Camping in State Parks

Quite a few states have some sort of state park program. Sometimes these are fully funded by the state’s taxes and at times will be subsidized by federal funds. Most of these parks are available for camping. There are some things that you should be aware of when camping at a state park.

The rules do differ from state to state, so it is important to check your local rules because they could be different.

First of all, there will be a fee to camp at a state park. Generally there are two types of camping sites that you can rent by the night. The first is an RV spot which will have the electrical and water connections. The other will be called a primitive spot which will not have these connection at all. If all alone you can ask for a discount as this works in some states. At times for a lower rate you can also purchase a yearly membership and get a much better deal.

Many state parks do not allow you to build fires outside the fire pits. Check the rules when you show up to make sure that you are in compliance with any burn bans that might be in the area.

At times because the rangers don’t want to deal with people showing up at the park, partying, then leaving, the park will physically close at a certain point in the night. This means that you will not be able to leave once in after a certain hour. Make sure that you know these times so you don’t get stuck inside whether late at night or early in the morning.