Join Date: May 2011
Location: Charleston SC
Hammock: WBBB 1.7 DL, Eno DL's
Tarp: WL Black Big Daddy
Insulation: Summer heat
Suspension: Whoopie's & Webs
|Your question below was referred to me for response, I apologize for the delay in getting back to you, but I have been at Big Bend Ranch State Park, which has very limited email access.
Texas State Parks do not specifically prohibit hammock camping in our sites and we have campers using hammocks currently. With that said, please note the following clause in our Rules of Conduct (Texas Administrative Code, Title 31, Chapter 59, RULE §59.134):
“It is an offense for any person to willfully mutilate, injure, destroy, pick, cut, remove, or introduce any plant life except by permit issued by the director.”
As you noted, modern hammocks are available that can be used with little or no impact to trees. However, improper installation of a camping hammock or attaching a hammock to tree of insufficient size or strength could damage or otherwise endanger the tree. While the park system strives to be consistent in our operating procedures, assessment of these impacts is left to the discretion and judgment of individual park management. These staff members will base their decisions on specific local conditions including the size and species of tree, as well as stress factors such as drought or other conditions.
I encourage you to visit with park staff prior to installing a hammock if you have not previously hammock camped at that site to avoid any complications.
Thank you for your interest in Texas State Parks!
Special Assistant to the Director
State Parks Division
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