10 Least Visited US Camping Parks For the Travel Maniacs
Nature and Travel
On 5th October 2019
All of US national parks are beautiful and have treasures of their own. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina received around 11 million guests in 2018. Every year the National Park Service tracks the visits made to the 61 National Parks in the country and releases the list of most visited and least visited parks accordingly. Though the Great Smoky Mountain in North Carolina, Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho and Yosemite National Park in California are among the most famous and most visited sites by the people, not all the parks get the same love and attention. These less famous parks are a bit tricky in terms of planning and requires considerable wilderness survival experiences but the exciting experiences offered by these hidden places are best for those who are in search for adventurous trekking experiences, enjoy hiking around some of the oldest trees existing and love exploring the wilderness rough and untamed.
If you want to experience the road less travelled then consider visiting one of these least visited parks.
#1. Gates Of The Arctic National Park And Preserve
Covering over 8.4 millions of the natural beauty, this beautiful park is above the Arctic circle and is regarded as one of the most remote parks in the US. There are no trails and no facilities available within the park boundaries. Grizzlies, caribou, wolves, wolverines, and Arctic fox are found roaming around the area. The National Park Service says,“This is a place for discovery and exploration. It is one of the last truly wild places on Earth.”
With no cell phone signals and much help available inside the area, the park rangers often warn the visitors on the entrance about their safety. Those people who have experience and enjoy challenging trails and nature in its truest and wildest form are suggested to make a visit to this historical Park. There are also some companies who offer day and night tours with on site camping trips giving visitors the chance to enjoy aurora-lit skies and a natural setting unlike any other.
#2. Lake Clark National Park And Preserve
Lake Clark National though makes it second to the list of least visited National parks, but the visitors who have experienced this place will cite this as the best among all park experiences. Lake Clark National Park preserves the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina people, according to the National Park Service.
The park offers iconic views of beautiful glaciers surrounded by soaring mountains and mesmerizing turquoise lakes and brown bears. You can enjoy all of it while hiking, power boating, or kayaking along the lakes and rivers.
#3. Kobuk Valley National Park
Kobuk Valley is entirely above the Antarctic region and yet has sand dunes. Kobuk Valley has an interesting history associated with it. 13,000 years ago, when a land bridge connected Asia and Alaska, the Kobuk Valley was the first entrance to North America. Today, this park is home to millions of caribou with thousands migrating every year across the region. The park does not offer any trails or facilities and is still occupied by the Native Iñupiat people who hunt caribou for sustenance.
The Kobuk river gives a beautiful tour of the park offering scenic view of the wild flora and fauna by boat. Since there are no available trails and facilities for humans, it requires a lot of courage to hike this remote area.
#4. Isle Royale National Park
Situated on an isolated island that sits in the middle of Lake Superior, the Isle Royale National Park is most famous for its remote wilderness. The park is only accessible by boat or plane and the transportation services are available from nearby locations.
Designated as natural wilderness the park has no facilities or human improvements. Once the visitor gets dropped off on the place, they are completely left on their own. So the visitors must pack all the necessities in their bags. The park's main attraction site is for those who love nature and want to experience wilderness that is rough and untamed. While on your hiking trip in the park, you might experience a pack of wolves, moose or some other wild animal. There are camping sites within the park but they cannot be reserved so be ready to keep trekking if your planned destination is already full.
#5. National Park Of American Samoa
National Park of American Samoa, about 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii is spread across three different islands and is closer to Australia than it is to the US. This is one national park that exists in the most remote places with secluded villages, beautiful coral sand beaches and sea in place of tourist places. Those who are visiting the scene for snorkeling or scuba diving can bring their own gear and can experience underwater world that is home to over 950 species of fish and over 250 coral species.
The main attractions of this national parks includes vast array of wild flora and fauna. The park is also home to the endangered flying fox and the fruit bat with a wingspan the size of a barn owl. Native Samoans still live within the park and the National Park Service offers a Homestay program, which lets you stay with local Samoan families to learn about and experience their culture.