Pick the right campsite
State and national parks often have many well-established campsites with areas designated for tents and campfires. However, if you're truly heading into the backcountry, take care selecting your campsite. Look for a durable surface to set up your tent such as gravel, packed dirt or a rock slab — you won't have as much impact on the land and you'll have a safe place to build a campfire. While they may be scenic, avoid more fragile ecosystems such as those on the banks of lakes and rivers.