Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Ultimate Travel Guide to America's Most Popular Scenic Roadway

Book Description

State Hiking Series

Each guide includes:

- Hikes suited to every ability

- Accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails

- Up-to-date trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cues
- Detailed trail maps and GPS coordinates

- Difficulty ratings, average hiking times, and best hiking seasons for each hike

- Trail Finder for best hikes with dogs, children, great views, or wildlife viewing

- Information on fees and permits, contacts, events and attractions, restaurants and accommodations, canine compatibility, and more

- Zero-impact and wilderness safety tips and techniques


The year 2010 is the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and this new edition of Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway is an indispensable resource for anyone who uses the Parkway—America's most heavily visited unit of the National Park system—as a portal to the Southern Appalachian experience. Including the best trails in the national forests, state parks, and private preserves that line the 469-mile scenic road, this is a single-volume solution for the serious explorer, whether on foot or in a car.

About Johnson, Randy

Randy Johnson is an authority on the Blue Ridge Parkway and an award-winning photojournalist. A trail designer and builder, Randy founded the wilderness management program beside the Parkway at Grandfather Mountain that helped ensure the summit's preservation as a UN-designated Biosphere Reserve and now a state park. He was a trail design consultant for the Parkway's Tanawha Trail and worked to mesh the private and park service trails that today link Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For decades, his articles and photos have brought the four-season Appalachian outdoor scene to readers of national magazines and newspapers. He is a widely published travel writer and former editor of the country's most-award-winning airline magazine. Johnson is also author of Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway Pocket Guide. He has lived most of his life a few miles from the Parkway in the North Carolina mountains near Boone. Visit www.randyjohnsonbooks.com to check out his television and radio appearances, videos, resources, and more.