Long Draw, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO

Even locals hardly know about Hesse Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN/NC, this secluded spot is the perfect nature get away to explore.
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Even locals hardly know about Hesse Creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN/NC, this secluded spot is the perfect nature get away to explore.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO

Only 0.2 percent of visitors to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison camp below the rim. Photo by Stockphoto.com

In 2014, fewer than 400 backpackers ventured below this deep, narrow canyon’s rim. Any of the park’s steep routes will deliver you to riverside solitude, but we like how Long Draw’s single site guarantees you’ll be alone with the plentiful trout and rushing river (after descending 1,800 feet in a mile). Infonps.gov/blca