Helpful tools and a community for boondockers, all for free!
Find the best free campsites to stay at:
- BLM, USFS and cell coverage map overlays
- Filter by road difficulty, safety, cell signal, weather, crowdedness and more
- Find nearby dump sites, fresh water, groceries, propane, gyms, showers, cell towers, etc...
- Overlay USFS motor vehicle use maps (MVUMs) on the main map
- View low clearance bridges and tunnels, for tall motorhomes and 5th wheels
- Watch videos of others describing the campsites
- Review campsites and and add photos
Find overnight parking locations:
- Search for Walmarts, Casinos and Rest Areas that allow overnight parking
Chat with other boondockers
- Meet new people and keep in touch with those you've met
- See other travelers nearby
- Find upcoming van and RV events
Log your travels
- Keep a travel journal of the places you've been
- Plan out future trips and find stops along your route
- Get information on helpful products for boondocking and general camping
This is a new product and we want to make it as helpful as possible, so please let us know what you would like to see added or improved!
Fixed a bug where the app would sometimes hang on the splash screen. Thanks for using FreeRoam, we hope it's useful for you!
Ratings and Reviews
I mainly wanted this so that I could look up BLM land, so it gets 3 stars just for that.
It is lacking in a few areas.
1. It is annoying when apps don’t include an easy feedback feature. With something like camping, it can be dangerous or inconvenient if bad info can’t be changed.
Specifically- Mission Bay is not a free camping area. It should not even show up as such.
Now, there is a camp ground at Mission Bay, it is not listed and it cost over $100 a night.
2. The app is a good starting place, but then I have to go through another step to learn more about an area. Reviews are one thing. This needs to be improved because I still don’t feel right about camping somewhere that no one has left a comment about. This is especially true in S California. There seems to always be some restriction somewhere that isn’t widely known. I wouldn’t feel comfortable going to some random BLM land and setting up a shooting target, nor would I want to inadvertently set up camp on a shooting range.
Get it? I need a BLM map, this app does that, extra info is inconsistent.
Also, forests are shown but the names don’t display, adding another step to have to go to another map or forest site. Speaking of which, I hate maps that don’t have legends or names. With all filters off, I still see green areas in different shades. This is meaningless if a. I don’t see a name and b. If I don’t know what the green denotes.
Developer Response ,
Hi there, thanks for the constructive feedback!
For #1, we typically hope that people reach out in chat (via the "Social" page) or email from the contact page (firstname.lastname@example.org). Longer-term though, the goal is to give the community more power to edit these sort of things, similar to Wikipedia. I went ahead and deleted Misison Bayhttps://youtu.be/GvRNzOFAbpg?t=488
For #2, we started out only showing campgrounds that people have reviewed, but our top request was to add more campgrounds, so we added in more. Typically they'll have a link to the USFS/rec.gov website for more info, but it's definitely much more of a shot in the dark vs ones with reviews.
When you have the USFS (or BLM) overlay on, if you tap on whatever area you're curious about, there will be an info card that pops up on the bottom and if you click on the "Info" button on that it'll give you information about the national forest, ranger district, and even MVUMs if there are any. (Here's a video showing how to do it: https://youtu.be/GvRNzOFAbpg?t=488)
The green shades you see with the overlays off are just standard forests that are included in the base map which we don't have much control over (much like Google maps green forest areas that don't necessarily 100% match the USFS). The USFS overlay from the overlays menu is accurate though :)
Amazingly useful app
I really love what the developer has been doing with this app. I’m more of a 4X4 Overland Tourer type, but I’m sympathetic to the Van Life and I find I need a lot of the same overlays to work and explore—like the mobile service maps and the BLM overlays. The ethos is not terribly different. Anyway, I’ve recently noticed wildfire alerts coming up in the app for the areas I’ve been looking at. Super cool. The UX is very clean and easy to use. Frankly, It just blows iOverlander out of the water and I’d use it exclusively if some of that data and organization targeting 4WD users could port-over.
Developer Response ,
Glad you like it so far :) Can you email me what you'd like to see added for 4x4/overland stuff? email@example.com
A nice beginning
I noticed a couple interface issues:
1. When you click on a campground, etc, the info pop up stays up with no way to remove it until you leave the map tab and then return or choose another campsite. Clutters up the map when you are searching.
2. Wondering about your weather source and accuracy as well as how the actual forecast is pulled down: looking at one campsite, I saw what was clearly a regional or nearby region vs the actual pinpoint location. The several thousand foot altitude difference from the campground to where forecast seemed to be from makes for a very inaccurate forecast.
All that being said, I like the interface and look forward to seeing how this evolves.
- FreeRoam Foundation
- 15.5 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © FreeRoam Foundation
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.