Hawn State Park Backcounty Camping Rules

at Hawn State Park

As with any backpacking trip, trail users should be considerate of wear and tear on the trail, taking only photographs and leaving only footprints. The impact of fire rings and wood gathering for campfires in wilderness areas have led to the prohibition of backcountry campfires.

  • Check-in time is 3 p.m. Checkout time is 2 p.m. on day of departure.
  • Camping is self-check-in. If unable to check in due to lack of cellphone service, you can check in at the office or with a campground host.
  • Hikers may visit the office or campground hosts if they have questions.
  • Fires are allowed only in the metal fire rings found at each site – please do not burn trash. Camping stoves are recommended for cooking.
  • Cutting implements such as saws and hatchets are not allowed on the trail.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Dispose of waste properly. The top 6 to 8 inches of soil provides a system of biologic disposers that decompose organic material. For pet or human waste, select a spot at least 200 feet from any open water. Dig a small hole no deeper than 6 or 8 inches. After use, fill the hole with loose soil and tramp in the sod. Nature will do the rest.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times. Dispose of pet waste by burying as above or packing out in bags.

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