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Old 01-01-15, 03:23 PM   #1
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Florida hammocking rules???

Hi, I am planning a 2-3 week tour of Florida at the end of the month - the ACA St Augustine-Lauderdale-Ft Myers-Augustine Loop, and I am hearing conflicting info concerning hammocking throughout the state.

I've heard:
1. NO hammocking on any state-owned land or public land
2. Well, you CAN hammock, but only in designated sites in designated campgrounds
3. Well, you CAN hammock, but you have to use 2" straps and only wiht 12" diameter trees
4. Well, you are supposed to be allowed to hammock, but not all rangers agree, so many will not let you anyway.

Does anybody know the REAL rules on hammocking?

Also, has anybody done that particular tour (or something similar) and are there enough trees/sites/etc to hang hammock?

Should I just bring a solo tent and forget about it? I love hammocking - very comfy - but I really don't wanna get down there and be ambushed by some local official .... and anyway, like I said, I've seen parts of FL that look like ther are NO trees of hanging caliber - am I mistaken?

PLEASE.... if somebody is from there or knows the rules or has experience there, what say you????

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On our emerald coast bike tour in 2013, we were told that there was strictly no attaching anything to the trees in Florida State Parks. At Saint Andrews SP, my tour mate ended up sleeping in his hammock on the ground because they made him remove his hammock from the trees. At Henderson Beach SP, there were poles for hammocks.

I don't know about the rules outside of the State Parks.
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bring your own trees?

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Thanks for the reply - I think I'll go to ground this time. Just less hassle tan trying to second-guess all the stuff.

Cheers!.
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I suppose another thought is that there may be a reason for these prescriptions based on damage to palms, or something.

Also, if you damage or remove some snails, it is jail time.
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I suppose another thought is that there may be a reason for these prescriptions based on damage to palms.
Not just Florida and its beloved palm trees, there are many other parks in more northerly states that don't want anything hung from the trees. One of the reasons why I quit using my hammock as much and went more to my tents because my hammock made a pretty lousy ground bivy.

Also, check with the boys over at Hammockforums.net as someone over there can give you the straight scoop
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Not just Florida and its beloved palm trees, there are many other parks in more northerly states that don't want anything hung from the trees. One of the reasons why I quit using my hammock as much and went more to my tents because my hammock made a pretty lousy ground bivy.

Also, check with the boys over at Hammockforums.net as someone over there can give you the straight scoop
Yes, I know about the ground bivy part - I'd rather not have to rig my hammock as a bivy/bug shield.

inre: hammockforums, lots of those folks are into the 'arts and crafts' aspect, and the weekend camp/cook stuff, but a decided minority do any real lightweight backpacking/travelling. At least that was my experience from attending a couple of hangs. ymmv.

thanks for the reply!
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Also, if you damage or remove some snails, it is jail time.
But if you remove the right snails they'll pin a medal on you
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I expect it will Vary between Towns and Counties , I wouldn't put it up near a swamp with Gators, that can see you as a snack in a bag.
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