I’d love to visit all the Wilderness Areas in the continental United States over the course of my life. Why continental U.S.? Because Alaska has 48, and I have no intention of flying all over Alaska to hit them all: that earns a hard NOPE.

I would just like to explore as much wilderness as possible, in as environmentally-friendly a way as possible. What does environmentally-friendly mean? Well, I will respect rules and regulations: some wilderness areas do not allow visitors (good!), and several island wildernesses are, honestly, not worth the environmental impact to get there. I can be happy that those wildernesses exist without touching foot in them – in those cases, I’ll generally count seeing them from afar and learning about them as good enough.

Does this sound like a squishy goal? It totally is squishy! What counts, what doesn’t? Honestly, I don’t care — I’m just having a journey and a hell of a good time with it. The following list is mostly for my own memories and tracking.


The Wildernesses:

Alabama – 2 of 3 Wildernesses visited
Cheaha Wilderness
Dugger Mountain Wilderness

Arizona – 4 of 90 Wildernesses visited
Miller Peak Wilderness
Mount Wrightson Wilderness
Saguaro Wilderness
Pusch Ridge Wilderness

California – 2 of 154 Wildernesses visited
Desolation Wilderness
Granite Chief Wilderness

Colorado – 2 of 44 Wildernesses visited
Black Canyon of the Gunnison Wilderness
Vasquez Peak Wilderness

Georgia – 7 of 14 Wildernesses visited
Big Frog Wilderness
Blood Mountain Wilderness
Cohutta Wilderness
Mark Trail Wilderness
Raven Cliffs Wilderness
Southern Nantahala Wilderness
Tray Mountain Wilderness

Michigan – 7 of 16 Wildernesses visited
Delirium Wilderness
Horseshoe Bay Wilderness
Isle Royale Wilderness
Mackinac Wilderness
McCormick Wilderness
Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness
Sylvania Wilderness

Minnesota – 3 of 3 Wildernesses visited
Agassiz Wilderness
Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness
Tamarack Wilderness

Nebraska – 2 of 2 Wildernesses visited – Done!
Fort Niobrara Wilderness
Soldier Creek Wilderness

Nevada – 1 of 70 Wildernesses visited
Mount Rose Wilderness

New Hampshire – 4 of 5 Wildernesses visited
Great Gulf Wilderness
Pemigewasset Wilderness
President Range – Dry River Wilderness
Wild River Wilderness

North Carolina – 3 of 12 Wildernesses visited
Joyce Kilmer – Slickrock Wilderness
Shining Rock Wilderness
Southern Nantahala Wilderness

North Dakota – 1 of 3 Wildernesses visited
Theodore Roosevelt Wilderness

South Dakota – 2 of 2 Wildernesses visited – Done!
Badlands Wilderness
Black Elk Wilderness

Tennessee – 5 of 12 Wildernesses visited
Big Frog Wilderness
Big Laurel Branch Wilderness
Citico Creek Wilderness
(Cohutta Wilderness -see GA)
(Joyce Kilmer – Slickrock Wilderness – see NC)
Little Frog Wilderness
Pond Mountain Wilderness

Texas – 1 of 6 Wildernesses visited
Little Lake Creek Wilderness

Vermont – 6 of 8 Wildernesses visited
Big Branch Wilderness
Breadloaf Wilderness
Glastenbury Wilderness
Joseph Battell Wilderness
Lye Brook Wilderness
Peru Peak Wildernes

Virginia – 11 of 24 Wildernesses visited
Beartown Wilderness
James River Face Wilderness
Lewis Fork Wilderness
Little Wilson Creek Wilderness
Mountain Lake Wilderness
Peters Mountain Wilderness
Priest Wilderness
Ramseys Draft Wilderness
Shenandoah Wilderness
Three Ridges Wilderness
Thunder Ridge Wilderness

West Virginia – 1 of 9 Wildernesses visited
Dolly Sods Wilderness

Wisconsin – 4 of 7 Wildernesses visited
Blackjack Springs Wilderness
Gaylord Nelson Wilderness
Headwaters Wilderness
Whisker Lake Wilderness

Wyoming – 1 of 15 Wildernesses visited
Cloud Peak Wilderness

Six states do not have wilderness areas (CT, DE, IA, KS, MD, RI). Two states (AK & HI) I’m not actively pursuing. I have completed 2 states (South Dakota and Nebraska).