Q&A – Backcountry Camping
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.
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