Camper Concerns Regarding Pets, Recreation Vehicle Hookups and Limitations of Recreational Vehicle Sizes in Our National Forests Now Available on

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Fred and Suzi Dow, publishers of, answers questions often asked by people new to camping in national forests and grasslands.

U.S. National Forest Campground Guide

U.S. National Forest Campground Guide, the comprehensive website for camping in national forests and grasslands, receives hundreds of emails each month. These emails ask a wide variety of questions readers often want to know, such as whether dogs are permitted in national forests and grasslandss, are there campgrounds with hookups for electric, water and sewer for recreational vehicles (RV), what are the size limits of an rv in Forest Service campgrounds, etc.

Dogs are welcomed in all national forests and grasslands except in a small portion of the Cache National Forest next to Salt Lake City. Dogs should be kept on a leash and under control at all times. This is for the dog’s safety as well as to protect wildlife. It is advised owners should never leave their dog teathered and unattended at a campsite. Remember to always provide water for your pets, and be courteous to other campers, pick up after your pet, and curb excessive barking.

There is a growing number of Forest Service campgrounds providing hookups. Electric power is the most common. However, full hookups (water, electric, and sewer) can be found in Forest Service campgrounds throughout the country, including Alaska, especially in the Southern Region. For example, Corinth campground in the Bankhead National Forest (AL). For a complete list of campgrounds with full hookups, click here.

Out-of-date reference materials indicate many Forest Service campgrounds have campsites with parking aprons much smaller than are currently available. According to, nationwide, the average campsite parking apron length is closer to 40 ft than the 22 ft often seen in old reference material. In reality, while large motor coaches may have a challenge finding campsites in some locations, the main problems are overhead clearance and the “tight,” meaning narrow, serpentine interior road rather than parking apron length.

About, the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide website, is a complete and comprehensive guide to developed campgrounds in national forests and grasslands. It provides detailed information to campers looking to experience the great outdoors. In addition to managing a website, Fred and Suzi Dow also self-publish Ebook CDs and downloads of eleven U.S. National Forest Campground Guides, which can be purchased online at their website

Fred and Suzi Dow, authors and publishers of, have devoted 18 years to visiting, personally researching, and providing the public with free, detailed information about 175 national forests and grasslands and more than 2,400 personally surveyed campgrounds.

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