The hikers get pretty rough on the main trail now, once the first week of November rolls around though they are pretty well gone. The foilage goes so do the crowds.Hell the Sods is practically over-run these days. Cranberry less so only because its a little farther from DC...
I don't doubt it. Ask anyone in the DC area "where to go backpacking" and the first thing they'll say is Dolly Sods. I was introduced to it in the mid 80's and spent time there through the 90's - mostly winter camping alone. I don't think I'd go unless it was in the winter now.The hikers get pretty rough on the main trail now, once the first week of November rolls around though they are pretty well gone. The foilage goes so do the crowds.
Ive found Canaan and BWF has more of them as well. The poor town of Davis is getting over ran with DC folks buying property for air BnB they actually put a hold on short term rentals until they can attempt to figure out a solution for the residents who cant find a rental now.
Not a chance in hell I'd post on the internet where is still wild and free.I have always loved wild and remote country. By that, I mean places where people seldom, if ever, visit. Places can be rugged and remote yet still get tons of hikers and hunters every year like central CO where I saw more people in a day that I did in a whole season in the Ozarks when I was a kid. Discounting private land, where are the wildest and least frequented areas of your state/province?
For some the places I have lived/worked, I would submit the following:
Utah - Henry Mts or area east of the Book Cliffs
North Carolina - Nantahala NF and Snowbird Mts north of town of Murphy
Wyoming - parts of the Wind Rivers that border the reservation
I would be interested to hear from you guys up in Alaska and northern Canada what you think are the wildest areas up there that don't even see many hunters during hunting season. I imagine parts of the Brooks Range, western islands, and Makenzie Mts in NWT north of the Nahanni Valley have places that go years without seeing hunters and climbers.
My experience there is minimal I go a few times a year but I'm sure a FL native could tell you way more than myself. It is serene in its own way, quiet and deafening loud at the same time. Most things can kill you, you are not the alpha anymore. Kayaking was great and for your first time I'd really recommend doing a kayak tour, they will do 3-5 days camping on different islands. It's well worth the trip.For those of you who know the Everglades, if I had a week to really explore it and get into the back country, what would that look like? Canoe trip? Is it possible to backpack? I’m about as far from Florida ad you can get in the Lower 48, but it’s on my bucket list and I think I’ll get there in the next 10 years. Not to hunt, but any leads on where/how to explore would be appreciated.
Especially frat beach on GA FL weekend.Georgia-Cohutta, Okefenoke Swamp, or any of the coastal Islands
Definately the summer on the river is busy. And the airfields during hunting season. And all the outfitters are booked two years to three years out. But the country is steep. The creek bottoms are nasty and you are right, some places havn't been stepped in in along time. My favorite place in the lower 48. You cann go from desert to alpine. Rattlesnakesa to sheep and high country lakes.Central Idaho wilderness areas, like the Frank and the Selway, can see traffic in certain areas, but there's probably parts of both that haven't been stepped in in a long time.
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I agree with that statement that area definitely sees a lot of traffic especially during hunting season and like you said on summer pack trips.Furthest from a road, I believe. But Yellowstone Meadows can look like an outfitter convention in the summer sometimes. Everyone wants to get so far in that if they took one more step they’d be coming out the other side.
There are hidey holes to be found that aren’t as far in but get less traffic.
Great thread! Gila Wilderness for me no question! Lots of wild animals, rugged terrain, and beautiful country! Wish i could spend alot more time there! I have likely stepped on ground in places that have very rarely, if ever been walked on before. The things mine eyes have seen in The Gila amazes me with every memory! God has blessed me to have allowed me to gaze on what he's created in Southewest New Mexico!