Camping Laws

Inside the Law: Camping Laws

June 06, 2018 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The laws of nature are at work when you go camping. So are the laws of the land. 

If you are one of those people who find sleeping in a soft bed in an air-conditioned room with indoor plumbing just too darned comfortable and decide to go camping, before you pack up your sleeping bag and head to your bug-filled adventure, you need to know the laws that apply.  

Most public lands have rules on where you can park and where you set up a tent. This is particularly true if you don’t want to camp at a designated campsite. 

If the highlight of your camping trip involves roasting marshmallows over a campfire, in addition to the regulations on where you may have a campfire and how you must extinguish it, many state campgrounds won’t let you bring in your own firewood to prevent nonnative insect infestations. The native ones are apparently okay (or at least part of the experience). 

And the way you pack your food is also regulated in many campsites so you don’t attract bears or other wildlife. 

So before you go, do some research on the regulations in the area you’re camping. 

Also, pack the number of the nearest motel just in case communing with nature isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.