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Jennifer Pharr Davis

Jennifer Pharr Davis
Asheville, NC

Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed a love for hiking from childhood. She has trekked more than 8,000 miles of trails in North America, including the Pacific Crest Trail, Vermontís Long Trail, and the Colorado Trail, and completed two thru-hikes on the Appalachian Trail. On many international trips, she has tred iconic paths that include Mount Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and the 600-mile Bibbulmun Track in Australia.

Jennifer holds endurance records on three long-distance trails. In 2008 she became the fastest woman to hike the Appalachian Trail, averaging 38 miles a day and completing the trail in 57 days.

An accomplished book author with two other outdoor guides--Best Easy Day Hikes Charlotte and Best Hikes Near Charlotte--to her credit, Jennifer completed her memoir, Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail, for its debut from Beaufort Books in 2010.

In addition, Jennifer has written for Trail Runner magazine, Away.com, and is a frequent contributor to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, and is the owner and founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Co.

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Five-Star Trails: Asheville, 2nd edition
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Five-Star Trails: Asheville, 2nd edition
Jennifer Pharr Davis


The definitive guide to hiking in Asheville.

Five-Star Trails: Asheville by accomplished hiker and writer Jennifer Pharr Davis covers 35 hikes in the greater Asheville region, from area nature preserves to treks along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Asheville resident has sought out her favorite hikes, as well as a cross section of adventures on foot that exhibit the variety of hikes found in the greater Asheville region. Hikes include treks along the famed Appalachian Trail to waterfalls of the Pisgah National Forest. Other walks take you to the rhododendron blooms atop Craggy Gardens. Solitude can be found on remote Hickey Fork. And then thereís the granite domes and crashing cataracts of Dupont State Forest. Mix hiking and history at the Cradle of Forest or Mount Pisgah via Buck Springs Lodge. Soak in inspiring panoramas from Shining Rock Wilderness or Looking Glass Rock.

These fantastic hikes are laid out in an organized fashion by a professional hiker and speaker who exemplifies the heart and spirit of Asheville. Hikes range widely in elevation, distance, and difficulty, providing a variety of experiences for everyone. The guide provides in-depth trail descriptions, directions, and commentary on what to expect along the way. Each hike features an individual trail map, elevation profile, and at-a-glance information, helping readers quickly find the perfect trip.



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