Wild camping or overnight parking in Forestry Commission car parks is not permitted within the New Forest. However, there are ten official campsites in idyllic locations on the Crown land of the Forest which are operated by “Camping in the Forest” – a partnership between the Forestry Commission and The Camping and Caravanning Club. These campsites are ideal for families and nature lovers who wish to spend a holiday in a unique landscape in close proximity to the iconic New Forest ponies and wild deer that often roam through or near to these sites.
The New Forest has plenty of natural attractions, cycle routes and way marked walks for all the family to enjoy. In fact, you are free to roam anywhere in the Forest but a good map is strongly recommended if you venture off the signposted routes. There is also an arboretum at Blackwater, deer feeding at Bolderwood plus the Reptile Centre near Lyndhurst. If you want to learn more about Forest history, customs and wildlife there is a guided walk programme where you can join a Volunteer ranger to learn more about this largest remaining heritage forest in the UK.
The facilities vary from site to site – click on the links below for more details:-
Sites for Family campers – Toilets & Showers facilities on site
Sites for “Back to Nature” campers – Toilets but no showers on site
Sites for Experienced campers – No Toilet or Shower facilities on site (own chemical toilet essential)
There also several privately operated campsites situated off the Crown land, the largest of which is the holiday village of Sandyballs in the north of the Forest.