Fred and I are asked a wide variety camping questions by readers of our National Forest Campgrounds Guide website and fellow campers. The following is a list of the most asked camping FAQs. If you don't find an answer to your question, contact me at the email link below.

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The following is a list of questions Fred and Suzi are frequently asked by visitors to their forestcamping.com web site and buyers of their comprehensive field guides.

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  Is there a hardcover available for the National Forest campgrounds?     
  Are there any cabins for rent?
  Do I need to make reservations?
  How do I obtain a map of a National Forest?
  How do I obtain a trail map?
  How do I obtain a site map for a campground?
  Are pets allowed in National Forest campgrounds?
  What’s the weather like now?
  Can you send me directions on how to get from Cleveland, Ohio to the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia?
  Can I camp in a National Forest for free?
  How can I obtain a Golden Age Passport?
  What are the rules for camping in the Wilderness?
  Does the forest permit Off Highway Vehicles (OHV)?
  Would you please send me information on your campground?
  Are there any horse camps?
  Is hunting permitted in the National Forest?
 
 
 
 
  Is there a hardcover available for the National Forest campgrounds?
    No, we publish National Forest Campground Guides by Forest Service Region only as ebooks on CD or as ebook downloads from our bookstore.. While the same information found on the website, we have expanded the contain to include hand-drawn maps, lookup tables, a few favorite recipes, personal observations, internal links, and more.
   
 
  Are there any cabins for rent?
    Although our research does not include cabin rentals, we have learned several of the National Forests have cabins and fire towers for rent. Our recommendation is contact the applicable National Forest’s Supervisor or Ranger District Office directly for the most current and specific information. Or, check out the National Forest’s web site for information. (Go to the Forest Service’s main web site, www.fs.fed.us, to locate each Forest’s web site.)     
   
 
  Do I need to make reservations?
    In general - no. But, if you are looking at a lakeside campground for a weekend, any campground near a large urban area, or a campground during a holiday, reservations (if available) are probably an extremely good idea.     
   
 
  How do I obtain a map of a National Forest?
    Probably the best place for a map is directly from the National Forest you are visiting; contact the Supervisor Office, Ranger District Office, or visitor center for a map. Maps may also be available at your local outfitter store. Expect to pay $5 to $10 at either location.     
   
 
  How do I obtain a trail map?
    Again, probably the best places are directly from the National Forest Supervisor Office, Ranger District Office, or visitor center or a local outfitter.     
   
 
  How do I obtain a site map for a campground?
    The Ranger District Office might have a campground map. Another source is the Reservation web site (www.reserveusa.com) but these maps would be limited to only those campgrounds accepting reservations.     
   
   
  Are pets allowed in National Forest campgrounds?
    Yes, but must be kept under control at all times. By the way, potbelly pigs, fainting goats, and such are not considered pets but livestock and, therefore, not permitted in most campgrounds.     
   
 
  What’s the weather like now?
    We really have no idea. Try the Weather Channel’s web site.     
   
 
  Can you send me directions on how to get from Cleveland, Ohio to the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia?
    Except from the nearest town to the campground, we don’t provide directions.     
   
 
  Can I camp in a National Forest for free?
    There is no charge at some developed campgrounds – see our web site. Camping outside developed campgrounds is usually free, however, there are rules and limitations; check with the Ranger District Office.     
   
 
  How can I obtain a Golden Age Passport?
    Go to a Ranger District or Park Service office near you with proof of your birth date. There will be a small fee.     
   
 
  What are the rules for camping in the Wilderness?
    The “catch phrase” is “Leave No Trace” and it is a good rule of thumb. Check with the Forest Service for more specific information. Some Forests may require something like a training session. For example, the Superior National Forest requires watching a well-made film. While others want you to know their regulations, e.g., distance between your campsite and a stream.     
   
 
  Does the forest permit Off Highway Vehicles (OHV)?
    Most National Forests do permit OHV and ATV riding but there are limitations and rules. In general, all the State’s requirements are in place and observed. Some forests have whole areas and trail networks for OHV and ATV enthusiasts, while some limit all activity to developed roadways. Check with Ranger District office.     
   
   
  Would you please send me information on your campground?
    We don’t “send” information as in “snail mail”. Remember we are not Forest Service employees but private citizens who have undertaken this project. If you have specific questions, we’ll do our best to answer them quickly via e-mail.     
   
 
    Are there any horse camps?
    Yes but, as former equestrians, we feel there are not enough. The general opinion within the Forest Service seems to be horse people will camp anywhere and do not want “developed” campgrounds. Having said that, I must tell you there are a few magnificent developed equestrian campgrounds (Cedar Lake Equestrian Campground in the Ouachita National Forest is one example) with a fabulous trail network.     
   
 
    Is hunting permitted in the National Forest?
    Yes, but is subject to state laws and regulations. Check with District Ranger Office.     
   
     
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