Whether you're just setting out for a day hike or are planning to trek all the way from Maine to Georgia, Backpacker Magazine's Guide to the Appalachian Trail is the definitive guide to the most famous footpath in the nation. Drawing on up-to-the-minute reports from hikers all along the length of the trail, it provides detailed descriptions of what terrain hikers can expect to find in any given section, along with information on local natural history and nearby towns and landmarks. Chapters on the geology of the trail and the history of its creation complete the picture, ensuring that this book will continue to be a well-worn resource for countless hikers.
Jim Chase has hiked or paddled in 47 states and most Canadian provinces and territories. He is a former editor at Backpacker, Skiing, and Cross Country Skier magazines, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from Outside to Modern Maturity. He lives in rural Maryland with his wife and two sons.