Frequently Asked Questions
What is Stealth Camping? 
Stealth Camping - Living temporarily in a location, usually for recreation, in a covert or secretive fashion.  Stealth camping is also referred to as wild camping, ninja camping, or free camping.   Stealth camping is often practiced by hikers, cyclists, and kayakers.

Is Stealth Camping Legal?
Stealth camping is legal in much of the world.  It is commonly allowed in  national forests or on other government owned lands.  In some areas a permit is required, and there are often restrictions.  In many areas it is legal on private property as well, with restrictions.  Be sure to verify the legality of stealth camping in your area before your adventure.  We have tried to collect resources on this site to help you find the laws pertaining to stealth camping.

Are You Recommending Campers Break the Law?
Absolutely not.  You should check the laws for your area.  Try checking our page for references.  If our page doesn't have the information needed in order to absolutely confirm the legality of stealth camping in your area, then keep looking.   Do not stealth camp unless you know it is legal.

Is Stealth Camping Dangerous?
There is some risk involved in all recreational activities, stealth camping is no different.  This risk may be higher when one chooses to camp alone, or in an unfamiliar environment.   The risks you take depend on your choices, so camp where you feel safe. 

Why do Campers Often Try to Hide if Stealth Camping is Legal?

The decision to stealth camp is made for a variety of reasons.  Frequently this decision is made because of a desire to quickly, quietly, and efficiently travel.    Those camping for the sake of socializing would likely find a traditional campground.

What if I am Confronted?
Many people stealth camp for years without ever having their activities questioned.  Be sure you know the laws for the area you are camping, and kindly leave any property where you are asked to leave.   Be sure to read our Tips page.

Why Not Just Ask?  The worse someone can say is "no".
This is an excellent point; we leave judgment to the reader.   It usually doesn't hurt to ask, although you probably would want to avoid stealth camping in areas where it is obvious who you should be asking.  If it is obvious who owns the land, it might not even be legal to camp there.  Consult the laws for the area, and read our tips on selecting a site.  Stealth camping is often done in areas where asking the owner is unclear or impractical.

I Believe Stealth Camping Should be Illegal.  Why Would you Promote it?
Would you mind if a traveling hiker rested in the shade of one of your trees to escape the heat of the sun?  Would it bother you if a touring cyclist slept on your lawn after a long day of riding?  If this would bother you, then stealth camping definitely is not for you.   At StealthCamp.com, we would rather have a traveler rest in the shade of one of  our trees, than feel obligated to ask.  We believe that the world would be a better place if such courtesy was more common, and so we promote a world where adventurers are welcome. 

How Can I Keep Stealth Campers Off Of My Property?
Check the laws in your area.  In most places, a simple sign will suffice.  We fully respect the right of the property owners, and entirely support those owners who would like to keep their land free from Stealth Campers.



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