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I'm Danielle Lindblom, an adventure-seeking dog loving Minnesotan who discovered a deep love of the outdoors. I travel all over with my two Border Collies in my pursuit of freedom and purpose, and I can't wait to share these adventures with you!

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Camping With Dogs: Parks vs Forests

State/National FORESTS versus State/National PARKS

Have dog will camp? If that’s you, then you’ll want to prick up your ears for this article. Getting outside and camping with my dogs is one of my favorite things to do. I’ve discovered some key differences between camping at state parks versus state forests, though, and I think you’ll be keen to hear about them.

I have now camped at one of each of these categories: state park, state forest, national park, national forest. In my experience, state parks are busy. Very busy. Even the smaller campgrounds usually have multiple campers, RVs, and people everywhere. I’ve had to find backpacking or walk-in sites to get away from the hustle and bustle (and to get a decent night’s sleep). There is an upside, though. They typically have great amenities like showers, modern restrooms, fresh water plentifully available, and even wifi.

The best camping experience I've had so far was at a state forest rustic campground. It was serene, secluded, quiet, and you could actually hear the sounds of nature at night. Best sleep of my year!

If you’re looking for the condensed version, here’s a quick run-down on pros/cons of camping with your dog at State/National Parks vs State/National Forests:

National or State Parks


  • Amenities (showers, modern restrooms, wifi, several water sources, electrical hookups, hosts, firewood for sale on site, rangers)

  • Access to trails

  • Security

  • Social

  • Numerous campsites


  • Lots of people

  • RVs, campers

  • Dogs not allowed in cabins

  • Kids, bikes, busy

  • Loud at night

  • More expensive fees

National or State Forests


  • Isolated campsites

  • Less frequented

  • Quieter

  • Smaller

  • Less Expensive fees


  • Not often hosted

  • Not all sell firewood

  • Rustic amenities (pit-style toilet, hand pump for water)

  • Not always trail access

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