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5 Epic Hammock Camping Spots

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Ever camped in a hammock? If not, go ahead and immediately add it to your list of "must try" experiences. 

Hammock camping has so many great things going for it—hammocks are super light and easy to carry, comfortable (especially when you pick the right one!), and get you even closer to the elements than camping in a tent. 

Eagles Nest Outfitters, or ENO for short, was at the front end of the hammock camping revolution 20 years ago. They understand what it takes to get a good night's sleep in a hammock and build their products to make sure you love hammock camping just as much as they do.

Get inspired to take your first hammock camping trip by dreaming of one of these drool-worthy destinations. And when you're ready to get started, head to the ENO website to pick just the right hammock for you.

Adventure by Samuel Martin

Head to the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area in North Carolina to experience hammock camping in a rugged, deep gorge that has earned the name the "Grand Canyon of the East." Camping is allowed year-round, but in the peak season (from May through October), a permit is required.

Adventure by Jon Adler

A ferry and hammock camping? Sign us up. Take a trip to the Scorpion Ranch Campground at Channel Islands National Park. Reachable only by ferry, the 31-site campground is a short 0.5-mile walk from the docks.

Adventure by Parker Dodson

The views will blow you away at Big Bluff, sitting 550 feet above the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. The 6-mile out-and-back trail means you could hike there and back in a day, by why do that when there's hammock camping to experience? Stay a night, and bask in the sunset views over the river.

Adventure by Shalee Blackmer

Nordhouse Dunes may be one of the prettiest places you've never heard of in the Great Lakes region. Lake Michigan is unexpectedly beautiful, and the breezes can rock you gently to sleep in your hammock as you listen to the crashing waves. To get away from the water a bit, string your hammock in the forest that abuts the dunes.

Adventure by Jordan Smith

Choose your own adventure at Rudy's Flat, where you can backpack anywhere from seven to eleven miles roundtrip. Bring along some friends (you all have hammocks, right?) and set up near an established camping site. Sweeping canyon views, leg-burning elevation gain, and good times await.

Cover photo courtesy of ENO

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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