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    Table updated up to this point! Feel free to check it for accuracy.

    The 50 State Project - PLUS!: US State Parks & Hammocks Table
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBG View Post
    Table updated up to this point! Feel free to check it for accuracy.

    The 50 State Project - PLUS!: US State Parks & Hammocks Table
    FGB,

    Here is Tennessee's response : Post 99 of this thread : https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...2&postcount=99

    I have received an answer to your inquiry concerning the use of a hammock in State Parks. I am going to place the response, that was sent to me, below. Once again, please let me know if you need further assistance.

    "We do not have anything in our rules and regulations that would prevent hammock camping in our campgrounds. The only requirements would be that the campsite have trees within the rented space to accommodate the activity so they would not encroach onto another site, and that they not damage the trees by using too narrow of a strap."

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBG View Post
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    The 50 State Project - PLUS!: US State Parks & Hammocks Table
    I don't have any official correspondence from the state park agency, but base on information I got from two different park rangers I think it is safe to strike Washington State off that list also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedKlown2 View Post
    FGB,

    Here is Tennessee's response : Post 99 of this thread : https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...2&postcount=99

    I have received an answer to your inquiry concerning the use of a hammock in State Parks. I am going to place the response, that was sent to me, below. Once again, please let me know if you need further assistance.

    "We do not have anything in our rules and regulations that would prevent hammock camping in our campgrounds. The only requirements would be that the campsite have trees within the rented space to accommodate the activity so they would not encroach onto another site, and that they not damage the trees by using too narrow of a strap."

    Thank You:

    Joe Carr
    Tennessee State Parks
    401 Church St., 7th Floor
    Nashville, TN 37243
    (615) 532-0756 Office
    (615) 532-0732 Fax
    ask.tnstateparks@tn.gov
    Done and...

    Quote Originally Posted by HangingOut View Post
    I don't have any official correspondence from the state park agency, but base on information I got from two different park rangers I think it is safe to strike Washington State off that list also.
    Done!

    If anyone sees anything else I missed or botched, just give a holler!

    EDIT: Also, if you feel froggy, click on the map tab and check your state. I updated all the link and image data... I think, so be sure I have the correct flags and links for your state!
    Last edited by FBG; 05-02-2013 at 23:01.
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    I think it's fairly safe to say hammocks are allowed in PA state parks since we had 110 hammocks set up in Pine Grove Furnace State Park for MAHHA last weekend, but it would be nice to have some sort of response for the state.
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    Acadia National Park, on Mount Desert Island, Maine is (almost literally) in my back yard and I was curious if hammocks are allowed in their two campgrounds here. We stopped by Blackwoods Campground today and were told we would be allowed to use hammocks at some of the camp sites - as long as the hammocks were hung within the designated site, i.e. not in the woods surrounding the camp site where groundcover would get trampled, they are welcomed. Some of the sites are more wide open than others and dont have enough trees. I guess they have been getting more and more inquiries lately and have had to evaluate which sites would be suitable for hammocks. I was happy to hear this and just thought id share....

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    Unhappy Iowa

    This is what I received from the Iowa FB page.
    Iowa Department of Natural Resources:
    Randy, hammock camping is allowed in Iowa state parks if the hammock is free-standing and not tied to a tree.
    Like ∑ Reply ∑ May 1 at 1:34pm

    Randy - So no use of wide webbing on trees? Nothing connected to the trees?
    Like ∑ Reply ∑ May 1 at 1:38pm

    Iowa Department of Natural Resources Correct, it can not be connected to the trees. Also, hammock camping needs to take place in the campground in a designated camp site that you're registered for.

    Randy - Mn, IL, Ne and MO - Allow connection to trees with certain rules. Is this something the IA DNR could please look at? It appears to me that this type of camping is growing rapidly and should be evaluated or at least have a pilot test program. Thanks for your consideration.
    Last edited by TFF; 05-05-2013 at 09:23.

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    Wow, what a great thread.

    I don't use state parks myself because of all the regulations, although I understand why they are necessary and would abide by them while there.

    Hammockers and other highly experienced backpackers are many times subject to a set of protectionist rules designed to keep the masses safe and limit the impact on our wild areas by the millions of visitors many state parks have.

    Sometimes it takes efforts like this thread to change minds and rewrite legislation to accept new concepts and practices, like hammocking.

    I mostly use national forests, state natural areas, WMA's, and other designated wilderness areas - but I always try to establish a rapport with the local Rangers or DNR officers because I want them to hear from me and know I practice LNT & minimal impact is very important to me.
    Moreover, IMO, they need to know there are a lot of us guys out there who are not troublemakers, miscreants, or radio blasting tree chopping beer bottle slinging fools. (I see a lot of that locally)

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    In Murfreesboro TN, all is cool... lotta hammockers in the parks.

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    Harrison Bay and Fall Creek Falls state parks in TN (the two highest grossing state parks in the state) are cool with hammock camping.

    I know the rangers at Harrison Bay and they really like the idea of hammock camping and are always coming by and checking out my setup.

    I just came back from a 3 night camping trip at Fall Creek Falls and while the rangers did not say they are OK with it, they drove by my setup many times and never said a word. I have hung at the campground several times and no one has ever commented on it.

    Hope this helps someone.

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