Been There, Done That!




Wenaha Wilderness, WashingtonStates Wilderness Camped One of my goals is to go backpacking and/or canoe camping in every state. Car camping does not count. Here is how I have done so far.Note this is only a partial listing of places I have been in each state.

ALABAMA

Talladega N.F., Pinhoti Trail, Yellow River, Sipsey Wilderness,

Conecuh Trail

ALASKA

Chugach N.F., Resurrection Pass Trail

ARIZONA

Grand Canyon, Apache N.F., Blue Range Primitive Area, Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

ARKANSAS

Buffalo River, Caney Creek Wilderness, Buffalo River Trail, Leatherwood Wilderness

CALIFORNIA

Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, San Rafael Wilderness, King Range Conservation Area

COLORADO   

Flat Tops Wilderness, Weminuche Wilderness  

CONNECTICUT   

Pachaug State Forest

FLORIDA   

Everglades, Ocala N.F., St. Joe Peninsula, Sopchoppy River,

Apalachicola National Forest, entire Florida Trail  

GEORGIA

Cumberland Island, Cohutta Wilderness, Altamaha River, Benton McKaye Trail, Ocmulgee River, Chattooga River  

IDAHO

Fish Creek, Clearwater National Forest, entire Lolo Trail  

ILLINOIS

River to River Trail, Shawnee National Forest

  INDIANA 

Charles C. Deam Wilderness

IOWA

Yellow River State Forest  

KANSAS

Cimarron National Grassland

KENTUCKY

Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Daniel Boone National Forest, Land Between The Lakes, Mammoth Cave National Park, Green River

LOUISIANA

Wild Azalea Trail, Kisatchie National Forest, Mississippi River

Maine

Allagash Wilderness Waterway

MARYLAND

Savage River State Forest

MASSACHUSETTS

Mount Greylock State Reservation

MICHIGAN

Isle Royale National Park, North Country Trail

MINNESOTA

Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness, St. Louis River

MISSISSIPPI

Black Creek, Mississippi River

MISSOURI

Piney Creek Wilderness, Eleven Point River, Ozark Trail, Piney

Creek Wilderness, Hecules Glades Wilderness

MONTANA

Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Missouri River  

NEVADA

Mount Charleston Wilderness  

NEW MEXICO 

Gila Wilderness  

NEW YORK 

St. Regis Canoe Wilderness – Adirondacks  

NORTH CAROLINA 

Slickrock Wilderness, Shining Rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Johnny on Appalachian Trail atop Big Firescald Ridge TN/NC border

Johnny on Appalachian Trail atop Big Firescald Ridge TN/NC border

NORTH DAKOTA 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

OHIO

East Fork Lake State Park  

OKLAHOMA 

Kiamichi Wilderness  

OREGON 

Eagle Cap Wilderness  

PENNSYLVANIA

Delaware State Forest

SOUTH CAROLINA 

Ellicott Rock Wilderness, Buncombe Trail, entire Foothills Trail, Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail

SOUTH DAKOTA

Black Hills National Forest  

TENNESSEE 

Savage Gulf, Frozen Head, Citico Wilderness, Buffalo River, Nolichucky River, Big South Fork, Cumberland Gap National Park

TEXAS

Big Bend National Park

UTAH

High Uinta Wilderness, Paria Canyon

VERMONT

Long Trail, Green Mtn. N. F.  

VIRGINIA 

Every trail at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area,Shenandoah National Park  

WASHINGTON 

Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park  

WEST VIRGINIA

Cranberry Wilderness, Dolly Sods, Seneca Creek Backcountry,

Otter Creek Wilderness, Greenbrier River  

WISCONSIN

Kettle Moraine State Forest, St. Croix River, Wisconsin River  

WYOMING 

Yellowstone National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Big
Horn Mountains

Here’s another category.

I’ve hiked every marked and maintained trail at the following

places:

  • Apalachicola National Forest, FL
  • Citico Wilderness, TN
  • Cohutta Wilderness, GA
  • Everglades National Park, FL
  • Land Between The Lakes
  • National Recreation Area, TN/KY
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, KY
  • Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, VA
  • Ocala National Forest, FL
  • Osceola National Forest, FL

Juniper Creek, Ocala National Forest


In the great outdoors there is always an unstated comparison on who has been to more places. See how you compare to Johnny in the “Been There Done That” game.

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Everglades National Park, Florida

Nights Camped Out

Nights Camped Out Per Year. Car camping does count here. I’ve been camping out like a madman since ’84 but have only began keeping complete records since ’92.

YEAR
# OF NIGHTS SPENT CAMPING OUT
1992
97
1993
95
1994
108
1995
93
1996
98
1997
133
1998
159
1999
163
2000
148
2001 150
2002 153
2003 206
2004 233
2005 191
2006
203
2007 183
2008 167
2009 192
2010 192
2011 189
2012
189
2013
155
2014
181
2015
152

Longest Trips

I have found that the longest trips are the most memorable, maybe because they are harder to organize and undertake and something usually happens. (* denotes solo)

Backpacking

23 nights Florida Trail January 14 –February 6 2006
15 nights Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 2-17, 2010
14 nights Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 14-28, 1994 
12 nights  Gila Wilderness New Mexico* July 17-29, 1998
11 nights  Great Smoky Mountains National Park July 13-24, 1993
11 nights  Eagle Cap Wilderness Oregon* July 20-31, 1997
9 nights Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness Washington May 5-14, 1998
9 nights Bartram Trail, GA & NC Oct. 7-15, 2001
8 nights  Yosemite National Park August 3-11, 1996

 

Appalachian Trail near Greeneville TN

Canoe Camping

18 nights Grand Canyon National Park (Raft) July 11-29, 2009
18 nights Suwannee River ,FL

Jan.2-21, 2001

17 nights Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario  June 6-23, 1995
15 nights  Everglades National Park*  Jan. 25- Feb. 9, 1998
14 nights Everglades National Park January 9-23, 2012
14 nights Namekagon/St. Croix Rivers Wisconsin, Minnesota June 17-30, 2016
11 nights Boundary Waters  Minnesota June 24-July 5, 2013
11 nights Everglades National Park* January 13-24, 2007
11 nights  Jacks Fork/Current/Black Rivers  June 7-18, 2015
9 nights Mississippi River, Memphis-Vicksburg October 11-20, 2007

North Rim Grand Canyon

Long Trails Hiked in Their Entirety:

Bartram Trail, GA/NC

Florida Trail, FL

Foothills Trail, SC/NC

North-South Trail, TN/KY

Sheltowee Trace, TN/KY

Other Long Trails Partially Hiked

Allegheny Trail, WV

Benton MacKaye Trail, TN/GA

Cumberland Trail, TN

Mountains-to-Sea Trail, NC

Ice Age Trail, WI

North Country Trail, MI

Ozark Trail, MO

Ozark Highlands Trail, AR

Pacific Crest Trail, CA

Palmetto Trail, SC

Pinhoti Trail, AL

River to River Trail, IL