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Top Dispersed Camping near Tacoma, WA

If you're looking for a place to dispersed camp near Tacoma, look no further. Dispersed camping means that no facilities or amenities are provided, so that you can truly disconnect and get back to nature. Each dispersed site offers quick access to one or more of Tacoma's most popular destinations.

Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Tacoma, WA (22)

    Camper-submitted photo from Joemma Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joemma Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joemma Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joemma Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joemma Beach State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joemma Beach State Park Campground

    1.

    Joemma Beach State Park Campground

    8 Reviews
    17 Photos
    212 Saves
    Lakebay, Washington
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table

    $12 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from White River Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from White River Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from White River Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from White River Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from White River Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from White River Dispersed Camping

    2.

    White River Dispersed Camping

    12 Reviews
    35 Photos
    439 Saves
    Greenwater, Washington

    The historic Mather Memorial Parkway (State Route 410) is the gateway to a recreational haven. On a clear day, enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. For more excitement, take a spin in the off-road vehicle area at Evans Creek, or zip down the slopes of Crystal Mountain Ski Area. Or if you prefer solitude, escape into the solace of the forest and leave the world behind.

    Mather Memorial Parkway Created in 1931, this paved two-lane classic Cascades drive along Highway 410 from Enumclaw to the eastern edge of Mount Rainier National Park presents majestic views of Mount Rainier and surrounding peaks. More than 200 miles of trails accommodate hikers, horses and mountain bikes. Drive, hike or ride to the Suntop Lookout Cabin at the top of Forest Road 7315. Choose a primitive campsite along forest roads east and west of the parkway. In November buy a permit at the Enumclaw office and take the family out to the woods to cut your own Christmas tree. Most forest roads are unpaved and minimally maintained. Cell phones have limited coverage in the mountains.

    Dispersed camping is the term used for camping in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Typically, it refers to roadside car camping, but also refers to backpacking in undeveloped sites. Dispersed camping means there are no services like trash removal, and amenities such as toilets, tables and fire pits, are not usually available.

    It is your responsibility to plan ahead and learn the extra skills necessary for dispersed camping. Camping rules and regulations apply to make your experience safe, and to keep the natural resources scenic and unspoiled for other campers.

    Dispersed camping along Forest Service roads is allowed where there is adequate space to safely park completely off the roadway and not on any vegetation. Whether car camping or backpacking, choose an existing campsite on bare or compacted soil. Unless signed as an area where a fee is required, dispersed camping is free. Dispersed camping is prohibited in developed campgrounds and areas posted closed or no camping. Some designated Wilderness areas have additional restrictions.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Ranger Creek Airstrip Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from South Fork Snoqualmie River Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from South Fork Snoqualmie River Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from South Fork Snoqualmie River Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from South Fork Snoqualmie River Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from South Fork Snoqualmie River Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from South Fork Snoqualmie River Dispersed Site

    4.

    South Fork Snoqualmie River Dispersed Site

    7 Reviews
    18 Photos
    260 Saves
    Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

    Dispersed camping is the term used for camping in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Typically, it refers to roadside car camping, but also refers to backpacking in undeveloped sites. Dispersed camping means there are no services like trash removal, and amenities such as toilets, tables and fire pits, are not usually available.

    It is your responsibility to plan ahead and learn the extra skills necessary for dispersed camping. Camping rules and regulations apply to make your experience safe, and to keep the natural resources scenic and unspoiled for other campers.

    Dispersed camping along Forest Service roads is allowed where there is adequate space to safely park completely off the roadway and not on any vegetation. Whether car camping or backpacking, choose an existing campsite on bare or compacted soil. Unless signed as an area where a fee is required, dispersed camping is free. Dispersed camping is prohibited in developed campgrounds and areas posted closed or no camping. Some designated Wilderness areas have additional restrictions. For the best information on dispersed camping opportunities and local restrictions, please contact the nearest ranger district office.

    Rules for Dispersed Camping These rules apply to car camping and backpacking

    You may camp in a dispersed area in an individual Ranger District for up to 14 days within a 30-day period. After 14 days, you must move to another Ranger District or off the National Forest until the 30 days has elapsed. Do not blaze new roads to campsites, create new campsites, clear ground, cut or harm vegetation or construct a trail. Do not drive beyond constructed physical barriers, such as berms or gates.
    Do not drive through streams or wetlands to access a camp. If campfires are legal in your location and you choose to have a campfire, pick a site with an existing fire pit. Do not create new fire pits. Make sure your campfire is always attended and is dead out and cold to the touch before you leave your site. Fires may be restricted or banned based on the fire danger rating. Follow Leave No Trace principles and come prepared to “Pack it in. Pack it out.” Pack all trash home. Dispose of human waste in a sanitary manner. In high use locations, areas above tree line and snow-covered areas it is not possible to bury human waste in a sanitary manner. It will need to be packed out and disposed of at home using a wag bag, blue bag, portable toilet or another Leave No Trace approved method.
    Do not block roads or gates. Keep food and scented items secure from wildlife by keeping a clean camp and store items in your vehicle or use a wildlife resistant storage canister. Failure to follow regulations can lead to legal consequences. Additional Forest rules and links to report crimes can be found on our Law Enforcement page.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Ipsut Creek Camp — Mount Rainier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ipsut Creek Camp — Mount Rainier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ipsut Creek Camp — Mount Rainier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ipsut Creek Camp — Mount Rainier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ipsut Creek Camp — Mount Rainier National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ipsut Creek Camp — Mount Rainier National Park

    5.

    Ipsut Creek Camp — Mount Rainier National Park

    2 Reviews
    25 Photos
    72 Saves
    Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

    Part of the Northern Loop Trail in Mount Rainier National Park.

    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
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      6.

      Carbon River

      1 Review
      41 Saves
      Carbonado, Washington

      Dispersed camping is the term used for camping in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Typically, it refers to roadside car camping, but also refers to backpacking in undeveloped sites. Dispersed camping means there are no services like trash removal, and amenities such as toilets, tables and fire pits, are not usually available.

      It is your responsibility to plan ahead and learn the extra skills necessary for dispersed camping. Camping rules and regulations apply to make your experience safe, and to keep the natural resources scenic and unspoiled for other campers.

      Dispersed camping along Forest Service roads is allowed where there is adequate space to safely park completely off the roadway and not on any vegetation. Whether car camping or backpacking, choose an existing campsite on bare or compacted soil. Unless signed as an area where a fee is required, dispersed camping is free. Dispersed camping is prohibited in developed campgrounds and areas posted closed or no camping. Some designated Wilderness areas have additional restrictions. For the best information on dispersed camping opportunities and local restrictions, please contact the nearest ranger district office.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • RVs
      • Tents
      • Standard (Tent/RV)
      • Dispersed
      Camper-submitted photo from Large Pull Out (Dispersed) on FR 24

      7.

      Large Pull Out (Dispersed) on FR 24

      1 Review
      1 Photo
      17 Saves
      Lilliwaup, Washington

      Dispersed camping is allowed along Forest Service roads in WA as long as there is adequate space to park off the roadway safely and not on any vegetation.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • RVs
      • Tents
      • Standard (Tent/RV)
      • No image available

        8.

        Rock Candy Mountain Trailhead

        1 Review
        19 Saves
        Tumwater, Washington
        • Pets
        • Fires
        • Tents
        • Standard (Tent/RV)
        • Dispersed
        • Toilets
        Camper-submitted photo from Hilltop Camp on Forest Road 2419
        Camper-submitted photo from Hilltop Camp on Forest Road 2419
        Camper-submitted photo from Hilltop Camp on Forest Road 2419
        Camper-submitted photo from Hilltop Camp on Forest Road 2419
        Camper-submitted photo from NF-2419 Dispersed Site
        Camper-submitted photo from NF-2419 Dispersed Site
        Camper-submitted photo from NF-2419 Dispersed Site
        Camper-submitted photo from NF-2419 Dispersed Site

        10.

        NF-2419 Dispersed Site

        1 Review
        4 Photos
        98 Saves
        Lilliwaup, Washington

        Dispersed camping is the term used for camping outside of a developed campground. If you enjoy selecting your own campsite, providing your own amenities, creating your own experience, and camping for FREE, then dispersed camping is for you!

        Campsite

        Choose a campsite screened from roads and trails, and at least 200 feet from water Use a campsite that’s already been established, if possible. If you choose a new site, return the site to its natural condition when you leave Pets

        Your animal friends are welcome to accompany you on your dispersed camping adventure! Fires

        Only burn wood that is already dead and down Always make sure your fire is DEAD OUT and cold to the touch before you leave it Campfires are allowed below 3,500 feet when not otherwise prohibited by fire restrictions Trash

        Store your food & trash properly to keep bears and other wildlife out of your camp Whatever you pack in, PACK IT OUT! Human Waste

        Bury your poo & paper at least 6” deep and at least 200 feet away from any water source

        • Pets
        • Fires
        • Phone Service
        • ADA Access
        • Tents
        • Group
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