Bicycle Camping

Learn the laws and regulations about bicycle camping and e-bikes on public lands


Are e-Bikes Allowed on Federal Lands?

Yes, e-Bikes are allowed on just about all federal recreation lands including National Parks, National Forests, National Monuments, Wildlife Refuges, and so on. The only federal recreation lands where e-bikes still have not been addressed are Army Corps of Engineers projects.


Are E-Bikes Allowed on Army Corps of Engineers Campgrounds?

For starters, there is no single ACOE regulation that specifically identifies e-bikes as being banned on all their projects. However, the ACOE does have a rule that requires all vehicles to be operated in accordance to federal, state, and local laws...


Are e-Bikes Legal in National Forests?

Yes, e-bikes are legal in national forests. The U.S. Forest Service published its official policy on e-bikes, electric bikes, electric bicycles, electric mountain bike, and other types of electric-assisted bikes, on March 31, 2022 in a press release. In short, e-bikes are legal on all forest roads and trails that are designated for motorized vehicle use.


Is Off-Road Bicycle Riding Legal in National Forests?

Off-road bicycle riding is illegal in many national forests. Even if a specific national forest has not banned off-road or off-trail use of bicycles, there are still federal regulations that apply to all forests that make it difficult...