List of U.S. state and tribal wilderness areas

List of wilderness areas designated by U.S. state and tribal governments. Eight states had designated wilderness programs in 2002 while some other states had designated wildernesses. In 2002, the 9 state programs had 74 wilderness areas with a total protected area of 2,668,903 acres (10,800.7 km²). Florida had 10 wilderness areas until their authorizing legislation was repealed in 1989.

For federally designated wildernesses, see List of U.S. wilderness areas. There are also privately owned areas called wildernesses like the Nature Conservancy's 12,000 acre (49 km²) Disney Wilderness Preserve in Florida.

State wildernesses


3 areas in 2002, total area 922,700 acres (3734 km²)


10 areas in 2002, total area 466,320 acres (1887 km²)


  • Alakai Wilderness Preserve - 9,000 acres (36 km²)



29 areas in 2009, total area 43,773 acres (177 km²)


1 area in 2002, total area 40,808 acres (165 km²)



11 areas in 2002, total area 22,993 acres (93 km²)

New York

21 areas in 2002, total area 1,170,312 acres (4,736 km²)

Adirondack Park:

Catskill Park:

  • Slide Mountain Wilderness Area 47,500 acres (190 km²)
  • Big Indian-Beaverkill Wilderness Area 33,000 acres (132 km²)
  • Indian Head Wilderness Area 16,800 acres (67.2 km²)
  • West Kill Wilderness Area 19,250 acres (77 km²)

(A proposed revision to the Catskill State Land Master Plan would upgrade two other management units in the Catskills from wild forest to wilderness status and transfer some land currently considered wild forest to existing wilderness areas)

South Carolina

  • Mountain Bridge Wilderness


  • Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness - 10,000 acres (40 km²)


1 area in 2002, total area 6,358 acres (2.6 km² )

Tribal wildernesses

Flathead Indian Reservation (Montana)

  • Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

consisting of 11 Ojibwa tribes: Bay Mills Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and Lac Vieux Desert band in Michigan; Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Red Cliff and St. Croix bands in Wisconsin; and Fond du Lac and Mille Lacs bands in Minnesota.

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