My second hiking guide, Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains (formerly titled Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge
Heritage), has been reprinted.
My publisher, Milestone Press, gave it a different cover to match the hiking series they created. I’ve added GPS coordinates to all the trailheads and made some changes to trail descriptions that have changed substantially.
If you don’t have the book, here are some features.
The book contains 72 day hikes, ranging in length from 1 to 13
miles. Each one includes everything you need to know to get out on the trail:
clear maps and detailed directions, trailhead GPS coordinates, mileage and
elevation gain, trail highlights, fees and hiking regulations, and even books
and movies related to each hike location. It also includes three auto tours
with shorter walks.
Throughout the book, I write about the unique history of specific trails
and hiking areas, from moonshining and the origins of NASCAR in Stone
Mountain’s Wilkes County to Moses H. Cone’s Flat Top Manor on the Blue Ridge
Parkway. Hikers can follow the path of the Overmountain Men during the
Revolutionary War, visit the fragile environment of Bat Cave Preserve in
Hickory Nut Gorge, and walk beneath the monumental and controversial Linn Cove