275 Wilderness Bug Out Locations For Your Family

Bug Out Book Reivew Scott Williams

We always talk about Bug Out Locations in the abstract: “I’ll grab my bag and go” Go where? “The wilderness” is not an answer. If you don’t have a specific location you are unprepared. Bug Out contains a detailed list of 275 prime wilderness Bug Out Locations.

The Bug Out Book

Bug Out Scott WilliamsBug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late by Scott Williams is an excellent survival book dedicated completely to your Bug Out Plan.

Full Disclosure: Scott was nice enough to send me a free copy of the book to review here, but I’m going to give you my honest opinion about it regardless.

Bug Out was published in June 2010 and has 302 pages packed full of information, detailed maps, illustrations, and gear lists.

Part 1: Bug Out Basics

  1. The Fantasy and Reality of Living Off the Land – Scott gives a very down to earth perspective and shares the stories of several famous survivalists, both good and bad.
  2. The Bug Out Bag – Covers everything from choosing your bag to important gear selection. He goes over essential survival gear and doesn’t recommend bunches of modern junk gear.
  3. Advance Planning and Location Selection – Gets into the meat of the book and encourages readers to carefully choose their Bug Out Location by region and important things to remember about climate, terrain, natural resource, and various types of public use land.
  4. Transportation – This chapters his almost all of the possible means of travel you could use in getting to your But Out Location and the pros and cons of each.

Part 2: But Out Locations

The second half of the book is a gigantic and detailed list of Bug Out Locations made up mostly of public use lands like National Parks, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Corps of Engineers, Wildlife Refuges, State Land, and some private land areas.

Bug Out LocationsThe 275 possible Bug Out Locations are broken down into 8 regions of the country. Each region is outlined with a detailed map and information on weather, climate, land, resources, hunting, fishing, wildlife hazards, and specific equipment needed.

  • Rivers Swamps and Islands of the Gulf Coast
  • Islands & Lowlands of the Atlantic Coast
  • The Appalachian Mountain Corridor
  • Lakes & Big Woods of the North
  • The Midwest & Heartland
  • Wilderness Strongholds of the Rocky Mountains
  • Deserts, Canyons, and Mountains of the Southwest
  • Pacific Crest Mountains and the West Coast

Detailed Locations

Many of the 275 Bug Out Locations in the book get their own section of several paragraphs detailing things like the exact location, size of the land area, means of access, resources in the region and main other useful tips.

This section of the book is not something you would sit down and read cover to cover, but use as a resource for planning and scouting Bug Out Locations in your area. You really have to read it to understand the level of research and detail that went into this guide.

About The Author

Scott Willams Bug OutScott B. Williams has been exploring wild places perfecting his wilderness survival skills for most of his live, beginning with hunting and fishing while growing up in Mississippi. His adventures include thousands of miles of solo long-distance sea kayaking journeys in the U.S. and abroad, as well as extended wilderness canoeing and backpacking trips in every region of the U.S.

Scott has published four previous books including On Island Time: Exploring the Caribbean, Exploring Coastal Mississippi, and Paddling the Pascagoula.

He also blogs about Boat Building and of course his dedicated site But Out Survival.


The first half of the book on packing your bag and transportation might be somewhat basic for the more experienced prepper, but the incredible Bug Out Location encyclopedia in the second half makes picking up a copy more than worth it.

Favorite Part

Finding 3 public wilderness land areas within reach of my home for possible Bug Out Locations that I didn’t know about.


Bug Out Scott WilliamsOverall I would highly recommend this book for anyone who does not have a specific Bug Out Location already planned, or anyone who might want to find more possible locations in their area. The first half of the book makes a great introduction to building a Bug Out Bag for newer preppers.

Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late is available for about $5 below cover price on Amazon where it has quite a few 5 star reviews.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Montezuma1775 June 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Damn you and your book reviews… I guess I'm adding at least one more to the library. :)


Lucas_SurvCache June 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

haha, sorry Montezuma, I call 'em like I see 'em and Scott has a great resource here.

His blog is definitely worth checking out too.


logan July 6, 2010 at 12:41 am

I recently aquired this book and read in two days not quite cover to cover because the 2nd section is not read for hours freindly. but any way this is a great book with lots of helpfull infomation and would recomend that everyone check it out of the library if not buy it outright


Guest September 26, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I use a combination Alice-Molle pack version Of Enforcer's here. http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t…


RudeBoy August 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Any kindle readers out there? I have a kindle and love it. I can store 1500 books independent of the need for internet. It uses the same solar charger my cell does. I have a lot of manuals as well as favorite novels, even a bible. My whole library weighs a few ounces. My question however is, has anyone seen a kindle edition of this book? Sometimes there are issues with the e- edition from smaller publishers. This would be a good book to add.


Ron August 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

You have the phrase "But Out" instead of "Bug Out" in more than one place in this article.


aj52 August 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

If you're into bugging out , you probably are going to be doing a bit of walking. Check out 'The Complete Walker' series by Colin Fletcher.


stu September 26, 2010 at 3:59 am

try again, what are you thoughts on solar backup? when? i have a sump pump but i also want to get a generator (i have a big one that i can get to but i'd like to have something more 'portable' to use at the home for sump and freezer/cooling.


Lucas_SurvCache June 25, 2010 at 7:36 am


Absolutely. Though the first half of the book is a good read, especially for newer preppers to get a grasp on all of the aspects of bugging out.

The second half is definitely more like an encyclopedia of But Out Locations. It's fun to read about your area though.


2_Dozen September 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Spark plugs.
Shoe laces
Retin, that stuff that makes cheese
Firing pins
Wood shavings: gerbil bedding. This and a plastic bag was a Katrina emergency latrine
Spray paint
Shewers for shish kabobs
Dutch ovens


Pepe September 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Has anyone ever seen the movie; Alone in the Wilderness? The guy retired in Alaska alone and built a beautiful cabin. He lived there for over 30 years.
Dick Proenneke had an:
Ax (I like a machete)
Rifle(I like shot guns)
Fishing kit (also good for snares)
Pots and pans

He had other stuff too but these were some of the items not previously mentioned.


fred smith September 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

IMO one of the best lights for the money I have found is the LED lensers made by coast cutlery they have a one that is under their tactical line that has performed flawlessly for me.I have been using it in an industrial setting for 2 1/2 yrs now and even accidently washed it in my work clothes and it still is as bright as a streamlight incandesent stinger and it uses 3 aaa batteries as opposed to cr123a type.I have owned and broke surefire 6p's and streamlight stingers, I use a light for inspection purposes probably 15+ hours of run time a week and have really enjoyed the dependabilty of the lenser.I like them so much I bought 2 more for our BOB's


NorthernSurvivalist November 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Bug Out is an awesome book, read it every day and use as a guide!


CO_Horseman001 March 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm

See you in the spring, Oxbows for me.


T.Rapier April 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Goes without saying : Know your state well ! Find areas that will be more unlikely for the masses to head in a bad situation . Living in Arizona , most of the population will most likely head north ( trees, water , etc . ) , Im heading South ! to an area just as hospitable in resources but off the beaten path . If few hundred Apache’s can just vanish in that area with the US cavalry getting lost because the formations all look alike , I wont have any trouble getting away from people there either .


r.lane October 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

coronado national forest great idea


anthony_antuan March 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I know a place to go in the mountains to bug out in….. http://www.tennesseemountainhideouts.com/” rel=”nofollow”>.http://www.tennesseemountainhideouts.com/


Hannibal April 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Ask him to visit and do a Hawaii version ; )


Judah Hamilton May 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

This book is awful unless you are a truck driver. I wrote a post about it on my site and most of the book is simply not useful unless you are constantly traveling.


LostKat August 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I think so many are not really being practical about leaving and going to the woods to hide out …Look up Agenda 21. With all the drones that includes heat seeking drones the government is building there really will be few places to hide…the government will round up people and take them to camps….the rest of the wilderness areas will be swept of people and used for whatever they want not for you all to hide out. Your best bet will be to bug in.hunting and fishing is not as easy as people dream it to be…look at all the hunters that come home season after season with no meat and avid fishermen with the same scenario…and don't forget there is a limited supply of game in the wild and millions will be hunting to survive…Look at what the white man did to the buffalo,when it was over hunted…it almost was wiped off of the face of the earth.So rethink your plans and good luck to you all when the time comes…there will be safety in numbers and helping those in your neighborhoods.


SurvingJerry August 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I've been doing some fishing this year and trying out my "survival fishing kit." It is a lot harder to use than one might think, and that's even with trying to catch hungry bluegill. I can catch usually catch one in an area, but then the others seem to get wise and won't even try to steal the bait anymore. I'm not an expert angler by any means, but I'd also be a very hungry one in a survival scenario. Even half-a-dozen bluegills barely make for an appetizer.
Keep practicing and refining the kit and technique. Hopefully I'll work out some kinks.


Chiliprepper October 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

This is my view as well LostKat. But it's been preventing me from making the preps I do need to make. Like minded people are hard to find. I guess people will ban together when crisis hits.


James L7 May 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm

That was a great book a j52. How did you discover them? Used them as a source late during early 70's for backpacking. Hopefully none of this is necessary. Primus stoves are probably gone? The Man Who Walked Through Time was also good.


zombieresponder September 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I haven't read the book(yet), but I've got a bit of advice to offer on bugging out to wilderness areas. I know of a nationally designated wilderness area where one can purchase property. My parents own property there, and I will within the next couple of years. I've met a number of the folks who own land around them, and I have my doubts that they're going to be happy, or friendly, if masses of people start swarming the woods after a SHTF event. There are also more than a few meth labs and marijuana plots in the area, so there's another danger, not to mention the bears and cougars. On top of that, it's really rough country and not somewhere I'd want to do tons of hiking.

My advice is this: If you don't know the area really, really, well, either go elsewhere or stay home. I don't know much about other wilderness areas since I haven't visited many, but I suspect that they've got similar problems with drugs and probably others that we don't. It sounds like a great idea, but everyone else has the same one.


Olympia November 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I have to agree with Zombieresponder! I wish survival experts would stop telling people to bug out to the wood or wilderness.. My home and small farm are out in the wilderness and I promise, I will not be friendly and my boyfriend will be downright dangerous if people come around looking to set up on our land! We have worked hard to buy this property and chose it carefully and if people who have not done so think they're welcome to hunt and fish here, they will be sadly mistaken. Please, please, remind people who think they're going to bug out to be very aware that there might not be anywhere they can go without serious conflict with the people already living there.


MrMrsRedneck April 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I so need to read this book. I am looking for a BOL down here in Texas, but I don't know where to look. Maybe this book can help, and if anyone can help me, Please do. __Mr. Redneck


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jerry trawick September 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

I have had this book in my go to library for a few years now.your review is spot on.the bug out areas are either well researched.or he has actually spent time in them.if the only useful info you were to get from this book were the regional breakdown of the bugout areas it would be well the worth the price.


davarian December 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

I own a place in the Peruvian amazon, total isolated surrounded by virgin protected rainforest that is home to incredible wildlife. Opportunities here for true survival, basic to extreme.

Welcome to come check it out, comfortable lodge with all facilities as base camp. If you are interested in owning land nearby for your own project that can be arranged. Be glad to have a partner with the guts and resources to take it all the way.


Premonitionof January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

You have a very good point about it being someone else's bank yard.
I am a partime prepper consultant here in the mountains of middle Tennessee, and I have found that that people with the prepper mindset fit very well in the mountains around here. I have clients that are looking to get completely off the grid and also those that just want a safe bugout place to bring their families. It seems to me that the families that move completely off by themselves draw much more attention than the folks that buy property that is already in a area that is semi self-reliant and relies on gardens, livestock and the such to help provide for their families.Many of my first time callers don't really seem to have a good idea of what they are looking for when it comes to a bugout location. The subject of a bugout location can be very simple or extremely complicated according to the mindset of the person that is searching for the perfect location.
Best Regards to all and may you and your family find your perfect place of safety.
Tennessee Mountain Hideouts .com


James L7 May 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

That was a great book a j52. How did you discover them? Used them as a source late during early 70's for backpacking. Hopefully none of this is necessary. Primus stoves are probably gone? The Man Who Walked Through Time was also good.


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