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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Best Places To Bug Out In The US

"Here is a pretty informative article I read on It really gets you thinking about where to bugout to" ~ Urban Man

Deciding where you are going to go in the event of a doomsday situation is a big deal. Everyone has their own criteria for what is the perfect place to try to survive. Based on what I have researched, this is my opinion of the best areas in the United States to bug out to. My requirements for a good bug out location is that is needs access to water, food (hunting, fishing, good for gardening), not a common natural disaster area and not overly populated. I generally think of a permanent bug out location as being a homestead to rebuild from after a catastrophic event wipes out a large majority of the population.

Most requirements will change based on many variables. One of those will be the amount of time you have to prepare the area before you retreat to it. These locations I feel would be great if I could buy some land and get a sustainable camp started, but will also do just fine if I don't have much time to pre-plan and need to figure it out on the fly.

 Southern Colorado: 
Southern Colorado is on the top of my list of bug out locations. A place at the base of the Rocky Mountains being ideal. Mountain ranges have great wildlife and water sources, but the nice thing about the Rockies is that there are no volcanoes. Staying to the south end of the state will hopefully limit exposure if Yellowstone erupts. Colorado's population is fairly low and property prices are lower than average. The climate is fairly temperate with summers that don't get too hot and winters that don't get too cold. The cold will depend on how high up the mountain you go.

 Northern New Hampshire/Maine: 
The northern New England area is ripe with wilderness and natural resources. The population density of Maine is just lower than Colorado and New Hampshire is higher but the population thins out up north. The chances of natural disaster are relatively low. Most likely there will be winter storms. Hurricanes can reach that far north but are only a hazard if you live close enough to the coast. There is a wide variety of hunting and fishing locations and even in the cold you can do your gardening in a greenhouse.

 Eastern Kentucky: 
I was originally looking at eastern Tennessee but found there to be to many nuclear reactors in the area. Fortunately a short distance to the north takes you to eastern Kentucky where you can take advantage of the same environment without the messy nuclear fallout. The base of the Appalachian Mountains in this area would make a great bug out location to survive the end of days. The mountains have no active volcanoes, but the area is known for tornadoes. The deeper into the mountains you go, the less likely you are of experiencing a tornado as they tend to stay a bit west of the mountain range. Some might be concerned about the New Madrid Fault but since it is on the west end of the state, any eruption would be only barely felt in the Appalachians. You have plenty of food and water sources and people have been living off the land in Appalachia for centuries.

 Southeast Ohio: 
The area to the West of the Appalachian Mountains in Ohio is home to the largest community of Amish in the United States. This is a community of people who have been living off the land with no technology forever. If the area works well for them, who am I to argue? I wouldn't try to inject myself into their community, but having them close by to get tips from wouldn't be a bad thing as well as being able to barter with them. The population density of Ohio is fairly high, but most of that is in the cities. There is one nuclear power plant in western Pennsylvania that ranks low in safety that could affect the area. Ohio is on the top of the list of states that are least likely to be destroyed by a natural disaster. They have no flooding, no tornadoes, no earthquakes and no volcanoes. Good water and farming resources but winters are long and cold.

Alaska is always one of those locations that people either love or hate. It is a place that people have been living off the land in the wilderness for centuries despite the bitter cold. It has the lowest population density in the country at 1.2 people per square mile. Depending on your location you could experience earthquakes or feel the effects of a volcano, but the overall rate of natural disasters is relatively low and there are no nuclear power plants. Hunting and fishing are some of the best in the country and fresh water is plentiful. The warmer months will be spent preparing to survive the winter months but many people have had no problem surviving in Alaska long term.


  1. Any idea what the cost of secluded land is in the Appalachia?

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  2. Thankfully there was no reference to he hyped American Redoubt. However, the statement, "Ohio is on the top of the list of states that are least likely to be destroyed by a natural disaster. They have no flooding, no tornadoes," is NOT correct. There have been tornados in Ohio, and flooding is a very real concern.. For example read about the great flood that destroyed much of Dayton. Other than that I agree with many of your reasons why these places are good places for a retreat. Thankd for the information.

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  4. This is seriously a stupid article. If you don't have a home or some place to actually go, you will die in short order. Bugging out is way over romanticized. In reality you will have almost no food. Game will be scarce or non existent. What will you eat? Where will you hide? How will you stay warm. FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Because that is what we are talking about here. You leaving your home. Forever. Think about it. Bugging out is a last resort when all other strategies have failed. You leave your home you are likely to die quickly in a SHTF scenario. Plan on that.

  5. I cannot speak to the other locations but the idea that there are no floods is southeast Ohio is laughable. Many who have purchased land in this area have found that the stream that runs nearby has become a river. On many occasions the road from my hill looked more like a boat ramp.

  6. I still say the southeast is the best place to be. You can squat on state or federal land, have a couple of guns for protection but learn to make your own hunting devices, bows, snares, etc. Fishing and small game are abundant and you are not dedicating so much time on staying warm. And as far as squatting goes, be as deep into the woods as you can near running water. And no gunfire or you will attract attention. The government will have enough problems than worrying about you on state or federal land.

    1. Excellent post, the Gov't. will be preoccupied and will most likely not bother with a squatter. Good high powered pellet gun for small game and bow and arrows also good ideas, less noise less attention. Moving to the Upper Peninsula of Mi. rugged country cold winters but few people except for bigger cities of which there are few.

  7. The Eastern Us & southern part are the best for most--lots of remaining woods That are remote enough to hide & survive in.
    federal lands are abundant. but protected by the feds.

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