noun, often attributive
back·​coun·​try | \ ˈbak-ˌkən-trē How to pronounce backcountry (audio) \

Definition of backcountry

: a remote undeveloped rural area

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Examples of backcountry in a Sentence

he took a month's supplies and headed out to the backcountry

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The black color shows no dirt and looks great in the backcountry or city. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Travel Gear of All Time," 1 July 2018 For years, the board of directors of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District have resisted overtures from the county to join the authority, which was formed to unify fire protection in the backcountry following the 2003 and 2007 firestorms. J. Harry Jones,, "Julian's volunteer fire department closer to dissolution," 15 May 2018 Map: Cellphone coverage is a rare gift in Alaska's backcountry, so don't plan on relying on your cell service to pull up GPS maps. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Tips for exploring Alaska’s wilderness trails," 2 May 2018 There are also extensive cross-country, snowshoeing and backcountry opportunities in the region, and the groomed and tracked trails at both Royal Gorge and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center are a great place to start for novices. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Why Bay Area Residents Are Flocking to Truckee, California—And You Should Too," 11 Dec. 2018 Think Google Earth, but with five times the resolution, offline functionality, and detailed route info for skiing, biking, and hiking, even in the most remote corners of the backcountry. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Fatmap Is Like Google Earth (on Steroids) for Hikers," 1 July 2018 As with backcountry skiers discussing the snowpack, bike safety is now something that’s talked about openly. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 Cumberland State Park With more than 25,000 acres of backcountry, streams, waterfalls, woodlands, panoramic views, and climbable cliffs, the South Cumberland State Park spans four counties in Middle Tennessee. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Nashville," 4 Mar. 2018 This delightfully simple camping treat can be prepped at home and packed into the backcountry (or the backyard). Sunset, "6 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes for a Tasty Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of backcountry

1746, in the meaning defined above

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