Campground or Boondock?

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Which do you prefer?

  • Boondock

    Votes: 54 91.5%
  • Campground

    Votes: 5 8.5%

  • Total voters
    59

John~SWNM

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Advocate II

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
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John
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Holloway
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My wife is just like me when it comes to public campgrounds, ONLY as a last resort. We enjoy the outdoors to get away from people, not be around more of them, lol. Fortunately where we live & the areas we travel to most often there is no issue with backcountry/dispersed camping.
 

CSG

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Pathfinder I

1,798
Idaho
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16713

I far prefer dispersed camping and generally avoid areas where it's not available. My son and I are heading to the Oregon and Washington coast this week after not visiting for a good 10 years. I suspect we will have to pay for camping at least a couple times or more but we're also taking the camping van and not the big RV so little in the way of onboard amenities (read private toilet and shower). There are times and places where you have to suffer through paid camping but I go out to get away and mostly stick to Idaho and Utah. Lots of free dispersed camping.
 
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Billiebob

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Pathfinder I

1,760
Nakusp, BC V0G 1R0, Canada
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Bill
Last Name
Tobey
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18893

Boondock for me.... although "backwoods camping" is a bit more descriptive of where/how I camp. Remote enough that I can teach my kids to shoot without bothering anyone else.

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This ^^ I agree "boondocking" was a term I used to like then I joined a few "boondocking" forums. The main topics were where can I park for a few months. What do I say when someone tells me to move on. Boondockers are homeless aquatters which has nothing to do with overlanding, camping or dispersed camping.

I was really surprised but I've run into those squatters often. Some of them live like pigs. Most of them break every rule & regulation which make overlanding a clean, green activity.
 
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MidOH

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Traveler III

1,268
Mid Ohio
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John
Last Name
Clark
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YourHighness
I'll take either one this fall. You guys are lucky to have the choice.

I've turn each into the other, plenty of times. If the campground gets too noisy, I'll grab my tent and run off to the woods to find a spot. Tear down before anyone notices in the morning. And I've boon docked on one side of a lake, then paddled over to the campground on the other side to mooch off of the showerhouse.
 
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Cpol

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Influencer II

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Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, USA
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Electricity and water access you get at camp ground.. boondocking is when you don’t have those amenities and for the most part no neighbors.. it all depend on a choice and a necessity.
 

adventure_is_necessary

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Influencer II

3,626
Emporia, KS
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7082

While I prefer boondocks/dispersed camping, we do not have the public land in Kansas for that. State, county, and city ran campgrounds are all we have. Thankfully my experience with them has not been too terrible. I still opt for the primitive sites based on cost and the chance that I won't have neighbors. Water usually isn't an issue and we do just fine without power since our electrical needs are low. Showers sometimes are a must but we've managed to figure things out.
 

natematos

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Advocate III

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Portland, OR
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11300

It entirely depends on the intent. Going solo/cheap over the summer? Dispersed. Going in winter? No one is going to be there so may as well hit up a campground. We usually plan 1 or 2 big trips each year with friends traveling from 3 separate states to be there. With that many people coming, showing up at different times, and lack of cell service (despite my protests no one seems to want to get their ham license) it's often easier to book a large group site at a campground.
 

HB Maverick

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San Diego, California
First Name
David
Last Name
Partridge
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13381

I like both - the National Parks and State Parks have great sights and hiking trails. Electricity and showers are a nice addition on occasion as well. On our longer trips we will do both to mix it up. Thankfully there are lots of National Forests and BLM lands within driving distance of SoCal!
 
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