Top 10 Remote Small Towns

5. Jarbidge, NV

Another mountain town, Jarbidge is on the edge of the Jarbidge Wilderness – a name that should give you some idea of its remoteness. One of the ways of reaching is is via an 80-mile dirt road, that only opens a few months a year due to snow, although there is another road from closest town Twin Falls, 36 miles away. Penny Eggen, who has the challenging job of Jarbidge Director of Tourism and Public Relations, describes the areaas a “recreational paradise and a history buff’s dream”. It certainly looks scenic, and if you like your paradises secluded, she may well be right….


4. Edna Bay, AK

A settlement that’s both remote and tiny, Edna Bay is located on Kosciusko Island and comprises a shop, a church, a marina, some houses and rentals…and several saw mills. Visitors are advised to bring everything they would need for “remote outdoor survival” with them, as the local shop/post office isn’t huge. The whole town has 49 permanent residents, who are mostly loggers or fishermen. There is another town – Cape Pole – a mere 5 miles across the island but that is a similarly small settlement, which had 100 people at its most populated, 40 years ago. The nearest town apart from that is Petersburg, 31 miles away in a straight line. And when you’re dealing with icy waterways, there isn’t much in the way of straight lines. Just pack for remote outdoor survival…


3. Eureka, NV

Another entry for Nevada, Eureka is on Highway 50, a full 77 miles west of the equally isolated Ely. The Highway is marketed as “The Loneliest Road in America“, a phrase originally derived from a very negative piece in Life magazine around 1987. In the article, they urged travellers to stay away from the emptiness of the road “unless they’re confident of their survival skills.”. The tourist board of Nevada have turned this around and now the lonely road is a popular attraction, taking in ghost towns, cemeteries and…Eureka. Bigger than most of the settlements on the highway, Eureka boasts a population of 610 and an opera house. There are also a bizarre series of circlesin the ground just outside the town, which have been the subject of some paranormal speculation. Rather boringly, they’re just circles made out of crops by a local farming method. Or maybe aliens. Who knows?


2. Supai, AZ

If you thought Jarbidge was difficult to get to, why not try going to Supai? This town is perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon, and the only access is by mule as the nearest road is 8 miles away (there are no cars in the 208-strong community). It is officially the most remote place in the lower 48 states and there is a hotel, cafe and convenience store there but nothing else. It is one of only two places in the US that still receives its mail by mule. It’s safe to say there’s not a great deal to do in Supai, except visiting the Grand Canyon but it’s a spectacular looking place. And someone has kindly compiled a list of 6 ways to pass the time, although they largely revolve around waterfalls and canyons. If you don’t like both of those, probably best to stay away.


1. Barrow, AK

And now for the most remote place in the whole of America – Barrow, on the north coast of Alaska. Famed for its constant stretches of darkness during the winter months, Barrow is not the destination of choice for winter-sun-seekers. The feel of the town was captured by the vampire movie “30 Days of Night“, set during the polar night – a month of darkness.

The town is unconnected to the rest of Alaska by road, relying on air transport to bring in supplies and visitors. The nearest town is probably Fairbanks, around 300 miles away over ice sheets and national parks. With a population of 4,212 Barrow isn’t the smallest settlement-  it even has its own high school football team, although a team had to be flown in from Delta Junction to play them in 2006. It may not be as tiny as some on the list, but it is very, very far away from anywhere and so is the remotest small town in the whole of the USA.

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  1. Nobody ever mentions the most remote and isolated incorporated city in Alaska – one of it’s newest and it’s least populated, and it’s not even close to Whittier. There is one even more remote and inaccessable – no roads at all to this idyllic island town, and it’s a rare and little known jewel with a wide and deep well protected bay and scenery that is beyond beautiful. It’s weather is mild – being in the south of Southeast Alaska, and the opportunities for outdoor recreation are unmatched. It is a secret best-of-the-best destination for cave explorers from all over the world due to its very unique geology, and has 7 varieties of salmon as well as crab, scallops, and halibut in it’s bay. It’s a 6 hour boat ride to the nearest town with a bank and restaurants, and most people travel there and back by float plane – which brings the mail 3 times a week. It’s a very small town with a very big zip code, actually the biggest. I’ve given you enough clues, so I’m not going to tell you it’s name – but if you find it and ever get a chance to go there you will be one of the very fortunate ones.

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