Q&A – Backcountry Camping

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READER QUESTION: Do you know of any areas where you can have a real authentic backcountry camping expedition. I’m looking for somewhere off the grid that’s not in any national park or on someone’s private property.

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ANSWER: It’s going to be pretty hard to find something that’s not private or government property. That being said, you might want to check out The National Trail System. Although they’re somewhat maintained, most of them are pretty remote and are very rarely used. Camping anywhere near these trails shouldn’t be a problem, and it should provide you with the experience you’re looking for.

The National Trails are great for people who are looking for a real adventure. Some of the trails are thousands of miles long, and are rarely used by everyday hikers. It takes a real hardcore backpacker to complete some of these trails, and most of them have fewer than 100 people a year who attempt to make the trek. Check out our list of the National Trails


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  1. Wendy says:

    The Adirondacks in NY enclose the largest wilderness in the eastern US. There are “bazillions” of miles of hiking, cross-country skiing and canoeing routes. My daughter is doing her 2nd hike on the Appalachian Trail this year. She plans to hike from Georgia to Maine for 6 to 8 months.

  2. Chris says:

    You might check into any national wilderness areas (www.wilderness.net) close to your location. Some of them can be relatively rugged.

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  3. frank sherman says:

    try the gila wilderness in new mexico i have spent many months there and you can find peace and any type of hikeing or camping style you want.also great hunting and fishing.most of the ranchers in the area are helpfull and friendly.just don,t shoot their cows.

  4. Off Grid Kid says:

    I will be completing the trail with a friend. We are starting in April. I will be bringing along equipment to document and post our journey. We are looking to join the 2,000 miler club. lol. Anyway, great info… great site mate. PEACE!!!

  5. Jerry says:

    I would recommend anywhere in nova scotia, My favorite is cape breton island very very pristine, beautiful and rugged and the parks are great aswell. Check out kejimkujik national park and the cape breton highlands national park.
    Happy Trails

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