How to Legally Fly Your Drone Over State Parks

How to Legally Fly Your Drone Over State Parks

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Our caller for today, Tom from Wisconsin has a question about flying drones over state parks.

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Drone Mapping Guide –

02:26 – Today’s question is about flying your drone over state parks
03:22 – Do states have the authority to ban drones?
03:32 – Not sure where you can legally fly? Download our Drone Advocacy Kit to understand the nuances of drone laws
04:14 – Can you take off from private property and fly over a state park? 05:10 – What are the rules for flying a drone over National Parks?
06:35 – Why flying your drone over a railroad is not a good idea


  1. Brian Kushner on July 11, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Flying into State Parks or National Wildlife Refuge might be allowed but then they just pull out the generalized Creating a Catastrophe or Harassing Wildlife charge.

  2. Richard Owens on July 11, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Here in Georgia, we have prohibition of flying drones in state parks – all of them. In particular, Stone Mountain State Park is managed by a PRIVATE corporation. That private corporation has also prohibited flying drones in Stone Mountain State Park. About 10-15 miles away, there is also Arabia Mountain State Park and Panola Mountain State Park – both of which are granite outcroppings of the same piece of granite that makes up Stone Mountain. Flying drones is also prohibited in those parks, as well. There are a couple of issues they cite as support for their prohibition of drone flying:

    1 – The parks enjoy attendance of the general public where people are allowed over the vast majority of the parks – and, flying drones over people is prohibited by the FAA.

    2 – The parks are home to various species of plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet and they are concerned about the impact that flying – or, crashing – drones might have on those unique native species.

    Furthermore, all of these parks are heavily wooded, which makes maintaining line of sight quite difficult – and, that is a requirement of the FAA.

    So, my question is, would it still be legal to fly over those parks, despite the prohibitions of the state of Georgia?

  3. Jim Purcell on July 11, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Very helpful!!! Thanks!!!

  4. TCFilms on July 11, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Why do you use mics that are bigger than my car? And what’s with the mic stabalizers when your mics are on mic stands? Isn’t that overkill?. But that’s off topic….thanks for making this video as I’m anxious to fly over as many state parks as I can because there just isn’t enough air space anywhere else.

  5. R. H. on July 11, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    I don’t buy into this flying "In" loophole. I think if a state/local .gov decides they do not want drones flying into parks/etc. drone operators need to respect that. Hopefully, this will be clarified by some legislation in the future.

  6. Todd Johnson on July 11, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    When I called my state park that has a lake at it with a dam, they told me that I could not fly there, ever,. anywhere near the entire lake. she just kept screaming no drones, no drones, no drones. and hung up on me, wouldn’t even talk to me about what law that would be or anything. because the dam is critical infastructre, in Oklahoma, I looked up the house bill. and it said I could fly there as long as I didn’t fly close enough to interfear with daily operations. But the FAA doesn’t have any airspace restrictions there. There quoting it is because I could take a picture of the dam. So it is very confusing, if I could get in trouble with the lake rangers or not. I would love to fly at my lake that I grew up by. they said it was with the beura of reclimation that had the right to restrict flights there, even though the FAA says I can fly there. oklahoma house bill 2599.

  7. Craven Moorehead on July 11, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Literally got shot down in court huh? What’s definitely a first seeing how there is no guns allowed in the court rooms.

  8. Matt Strickland on July 11, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Did you happen to see a recent You Tube video by Lehtos Law concerning flying in National parks? Very interesting. Let me find and share it with yall

  9. Bill Beamer on July 11, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Could a drone integrated with (SAR) synthetic aperture radar.drop other swarms of drones with Putin hunting jaw machine eater weeder so

  10. BirdzEyeView Aerial Visions, LLC on July 11, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Flying in from the outside, especially densely wooded parks, immediately presents VLOS and/or transmission issues. By FAR, not a ‘one size fits all’ solution.
    The excuses used for not allowing take-offs and landings in the parks near me are absolutely ridiculous in comparison to what IS allowed within park grounds. Hunting (live ammunition), boats (dumping oil and gas in the water and exhaust in the air…(don’t tell me they don’t lol), thousands of people trampling all over the land, on a daily basis, that they say they’re trying to preserve, and let’s not forget about all the littering and vandalism that goes on.
    BUT, a drone which leaves zero ‘footprints’ and zero emissions, in their eyes, compromises the safety of hikers and the preservation of wildlife. Pardon my French, but what a total crock of f*****g bulls**t.
    It’s discriminating towards photographers, ESPECIALLY TOWARDS THE ONE’S THAT TOOK THE TIME TO GET CERTIFIED, plain and simple. I mean, seriously, I’m not ‘little Billy with a drone’ over here. My certification MEANS SOMETHING!!!

    *This rant is not at all aimed at Drone U*!!

    Thank you for your quality content!

  11. Romulus UAV on July 11, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    What about a city like New York and its ban on drones?

  12. Damon Linthwaite on July 11, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    What about army Corp of engineers? I have a local hiking trail that is watched or governed by army Corp of engineers and they came and told me I was not allowed to fly over there? But everything says it’s clear to fly ?

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