5 of the Remotest National Parks You’ll Want To Visit
Odds are if you live in the United States, you’ve probably heard of Yellowstone National Park which was discovered more than 11,000 years ago. However, this historical park never used to be as popular as it did today. It’s popularity grew when the park was established as the first national park in 1872. More on the history here.
Today there are in total 58 national parks recorded in the United Sates. These parks are protected and operated by the National Park Service which is an agency of the Department of the Interior. By law, these parks must have recreational opportunities, national monuments, natural beauty, unique geological features, unusual ecosystems and/or historical or archaeological significance. A full listing of national parks is maintained by the National Park Service.
Since this list of national parks must be approved, the idea of a “national park” has spread throughout the world. There are many parks and environments that are truly pristine and still to this day remain undisturbed by outsiders.
We count down below to the top 5 remote National Parks still undisturbed by humans.
#5 – Easter Island (also known as Rapa Nui National Park)
This island is located off of Chile in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and is considered one of the most remote islands in the world. The nearest inhabited land is Pitcairn Island which is just a little over 2,000 km (1,200 miles) away. There are only some 4,000 inhabitants on the island and is known for their massively carved heads.
For hikers, this island offers a 11 km wide and 23 km long area that has a beautiful coastline along the slopes of an extinct volcano. Hiking to the top of the volcano takes around 2 hours and is good for beginners. At the top you will see a nice view of the crater before it drops off 250 meters into the sea.
#4 – Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, USA
This gem of a park is located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior. It’s part of Michigan and has about 450 smaller islands surrounding. The park is traditionally among the least visited parks in the United Sates and is very secluded.
When you hike around the island you will see everything from swamps, loons and many lakes. The remoteness in this island will truly bring you back to mother nature. You get a grand sense of remoteness when you see the sparkling lakes. The total path around the island is around 40 miles long and will take you around 4-5 days.
If you’re brave enough to backpack or go camping, you’ll hear wolves howling at night.
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