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Old 08-19-2012, 10:22 AM
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The easiest place to find it is in Alaska, and all western states have some areas of wilderness. From the Great plains east its tougher to find but some areas still have true "middle of nowhere" kinds of places. The arrowhead of Mn, Upstate NY and even parts of Maine still have true wilderness. I believe the largest wilderness areas east of the rockies is the UP of Michigan. Parts of lower Michigan are very remote as well. The everglades and the Louisana swamps are other areas of wilderness in the eastern half of the US. With 300 million living in the US now its getting more crowded though, and most Americans are 400 miles away or more from any real wilderness.
If the Adirondacks and parts of Maine count as true wilderness, most of the Northeast is within 400 miles of wilderness (including myself). I'd say almost every western city would be as well.

Comparing density maps of New York, Maine and Michigan.







Maine is the only of the 3 that has large areas below 1 per square mile, so it probably the most true wilderness in the east. I'd think the other states would have more depending on how census tracts are arranged.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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Louisiana for reference.

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Old 08-20-2012, 04:26 AM
 
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Those maps make me realize how much land there is to urbanize!
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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ja1myn, have you ever visited Kentucky? If so, how long were you here? Did you visit Hazard?
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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Most of Nevada, Eastern Montana (almost ran out of gas there), West Texas, Nebraska, and Wyoming
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