HammockKNC Hammock Safety

Hammocks are a relaxing, fun way to spend an afternoon at KNC. We welcome hammocking, with a few safety guidelines for both visitors and trees:

Tree Check

  • Make sure the tree is alive and sturdy - don't hang your hammock from a dead tree

  • The trunk should be at least 8” in diameter for use of a single hammock.

    • Always hang your hammock on the thickest part of the tree trunk and avoid trees that bend or are planted in damp ground.

  • Check for wildlife in the area before hanging.

    • Thoroughly check the ground and overhanging branches for sensitive plant life, wildlife dwellings, and potential hazards like yellow jacket nests or poisonous plants. Make sure you can identify common threats like poison ivy, which can be readily found along trails or hanging from trees. 

  • Do NOT cut or trim branches or otherwise disturb vegetation.


Hammock Hanging

  • Do NOT hammer/nail/screw into the tree; only use straps.

    • Use “tree saver” type straps, 3/4-2 inch wide straps made of soft fabric. 

  • The straps for a single hammock should be hung 10-14 feet apart. 

  • Two hammocks may be strapped to a common anchor with separate endpoints, but cannot be “stacked” between the same two trees. 

    • If two hammocks share a single trunk, the tree must be at least 16” in diameter. 

    • A maximum of two straps are allowed on any tree. 

  • The lowest point of the hanging hammock should be no more than 24” off the ground.

    • Safe hanging heights prevent accidents and avoid damage to higher branches and leaves.

    • Hammocks should only be hung from the main trunk, never from branches. 

  • Keep your distance (at least 200 feet) from lakes, ponds, and streams to protect these delicate ecosystems. 

  • Be sure to clean your hammock before and after any visit to avoid transporting unwanted pests or seeds between your relaxation locations.


Reminder: Always Leave No Trace