Originally Posted by Latitude918
I was under the impression that hammock camping was a no-no in the VA SPs
Unless the rules were changed since Dec 2012 when I was at Westmoreland, you are correct. It is not that you can't use a hammock but rather they only allow camping on their designated "pad" sites. Those sites have been cleared of all trees, outlined with building lumbers, and filled with pea gravel. You can't use a hammock because there is nothing inside the pad to attach to.
I asked if I could use my hammock in the picnic area and was told it was up to the indiviual officers. If they deemed that my straps were doing any damage to the trees, I would be asked to take my hammock down. I was also told the rangers would always error on the side of protecting the trees
I took that as a nice way of saying no.