Hammock Camping Do's and Don'ts of 62 National Parks

The big question that usually arises, are hammocks allowed in National Parks? 

Absolutely! Nearly all of the National Parks allow Hammock Camping or Air Camping. There are specific guidelines related to using hammocks in the parks, below we've provided details related to Designated Campgrounds and Backcountry Camping. 

Here are a few of our favorite views from three of our favorite National Parks - Air Camping makes those views that much better!

Yosemite. Simply breathtaking, not to mention some of the biggest climbing walls in the US. 

Glacier. Iconic views mixed with bountiful wildlife, bring your 0°F Inferno!. 

Great Smoky Mountains. We may be a little bias (as this is our backyard) but we'd venture to say there's nowhere with more hang locations than the Great Smokies. 

 

Here's an alphabetical list of all 62 National Parks in the United States👇 and access to their hammock camping policies. 

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Acadia National Park, Maine

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Arches National Park, Utah

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

 

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand.

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring 2 inch Straps.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Designated Campgrounds: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Channel Islands National Park, California

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand, must camp in designated areas.

Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Must use padding between strap and tree. Towel or foam works.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Death Valley National Park, California, and Nevada

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Denali National Park, Alaska

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, but Hammock camping is only allowed with a stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring 2 inch Straps.

Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed, must use stand. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed, must use stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri, and Illinois

Designated Campgrounds: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here and here.

Tip: Use 1" straps or greater.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Designated Campgrounds: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: May be able to use a hammock stand in campgrounds. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, and Tennessee

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here and here 👉 here.

Tip: Do not set up in shelters.  

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring 2 inch Straps.

Haleakalā National Park, Hawaii

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed, must use stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed, must use stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed, must use stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Exception: No hanging in shelters.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Designated Campgrounds: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed, must use stand. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Katmai National Park, Alaska

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Kings Canyon National Park, California

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa

No Designated Campgrounds: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

No Backcountry Camping: No , Hammock camping is not allowed. 

North Cascades National Park, Washington

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Olympic National Park, Washington

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

 

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Designated Campgrounds: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: No , Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Exception: Bring your own hammock stand.

Pinnacles National Park, California

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Exception: Bring your own hammock stand.

Redwood National Park, California

Designated Campgrounds: No, Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: No , Hammock camping is not allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Exception: Bring your own hammock stand.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Exception: Timber Creek Campground does not allow any hammock usage, the reason being that the campground does not have mature enough trees. 

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Exception: Never hang from a cactus.

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Sequoia National Park, California

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands

Designated Campgrounds: No, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Exception: Bring your own hammock stand.

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here

White Sands National Park, New Mexico

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Tip: Bring your own hammock stand.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Yosemite National Park, California

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here.

Zion National Park, Utah

Designated Campgrounds: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Backcountry Camping: Yes, Hammock camping is allowed. 

Here are the rules and exceptions for this park 👉 here


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