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Five-Star Trails: Raleigh and Durham
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Five-Star Trails: Raleigh and Durham
Joshua Kinser


Five-Star Trails: Raleigh/Durham is a guide to the best day-hiking trails within a two-hour drive of the urban areas of Raleigh and Durham. Raleigh is North Carolina’s capital and an anchor for the state's famous Research Triangle that includes Durham and Chapel Hill. Amid this metropolitan complex that also embraces Cary, Apex, and Wake Forest--home to more than 1.7 million people--the author leads readers to myriad places for scenic beauty, to sites of historic significance, and to neighborhoods that showcase the charms of urban life.

All of the routes stay true to the book's "Five-Star Trails" title, based on the book series' rating system for scenery, trail condition, suitability for children, difficulty level, and solitude. To be selected for the book, each trail must truly shine in one or more of those areas while, at the same time, all of the trails combine to offer diversity for a wide range of hikers. Thus, this is the guidebook for a hiker seeking an arduous climb to a scenic overlook as much as it is for a weekend walker who wants an easy trail for his or her family, as much as it is for another person who wants a peaceful walk on a well-groomed path.

While many hiking guides focus entirely and specifically on trails in wilderness areas, Five-Star Trails: Raleigh/Durham provides a sampler of the best that North Carolina's Triangle Area has to offer. Readers will encounter unique attractions as they walk through historic neighborhoods; alongside lakes, creeks, and rivers; and into botanical gardens, verdant forests, and expansive and pocket parks. Not overlooked are Durham’s Tobacco Warehouse District, Franklin Street and the University of Chapel Hill Campus, and intriguing trails that highlight this urban area's rich Native American, Civil War, and Frontiersman history.


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Backpacking the Light Way
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Backpacking the Light Way
Richard A. Light


Comfortable, Efficient, Smart

Backpacking the Light Way is for both beginner and advanced backpackers who want to pack more efficiently, carry less weight, still be fully prepared for contingencies, and have more fun in the backcountry. It will benefit instructors and guides by giving them methods to teach their clients, and it will help them refine their risk assessment and trip planning techniques.

This book presents field-tested, proven methodologies for the following:
(* = especially unique or new, ** = especially useful for a wide range of readers)

•    Gear organization, modular packing systems, and creating gear lists that work*/**
•    Assessing conventional gear currently owned
•    Understanding the mindsets of both conventional and ultralight backpacking*
•    Navigating the mindset shift required to seriously lighten up*
•    Redefining each gear system to meet your needs*
•    Dealing with winter conditions
•    Packing to minimize frustration*/**
•    Assessing risk**
•    Effective trip planning**


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Best Tent Camping: Arizona, 2nd Edition
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Best Tent Camping: Arizona, 2nd Edition
Kirstin Olmon Phillips & Kelly Phillips


Perfect Camping for You in Arizona!

The Grand Canyon State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? Authors Kirstin Olmon Phillips and Kelly Phillips have traversed the entire state and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot! The full-color, updated, user-friendly format lets you easily find 50 of the best campgrounds to fit your travel plans and meet your personal interests—with author selections based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal.

Detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities help to narrow down your choices, and ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness ensure that you find your perfect car-camping adventure. So whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, Best Tent Camping: Arizona is a keeper.



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Best Tent Camping: Illinois, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Illinois, 2nd edition
John Schirle


Perfect Camping for You in Illinois!

The Prairie State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? John Schirle has traversed the entire state and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot! The full-color, updated, user-friendly format lets you easily find 50 of the best campgrounds to fit your travel plans and meet your personal interests—with author selections based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal.

Detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities help to narrow down your choices, and ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness ensure that you find your perfect car-camping adventure. So whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, Best Tent Camping: Illinois is a keeper.



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Best Tent Camping: Michigan, 3rd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Michigan, 3rd edition
Matt Forster


Perfect Camping for You in Michigan!

The Great Lakes State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? Matt Forster traversed the entire state—from the grassy dunes overlooking Lake Michigan to a quiet lake that serves as a portal to the Sylvania Wilderness—and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot!

Best Tent Camping: Michigan presents 50 national park, state park, national forest, and state forest campgrounds, organized into five distinct regions. Selections are based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal, and every site is rated for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness—so you’ll always know what to expect. The new full-color edition of this proven guidebook provides everything you need to know, with detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities, as well as driving directions and GPS coordinates.

Whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, grab Best Tent Camping: Michigan. It’s an escape for all who wish to find those special locales that recharge the mind, body, and spirit. This guide is a keeper.



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Best Tent Camping: Minnesota, 3 edition
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Best Tent Camping: Minnesota, 3 edition
Tom Watson


This guide offers a variety of the best in Minnesota tent camping experiences. Best Tent Camping: Minnesota by Tom Watson is a must-have guide to the best tent campgrounds Minnesota has to offer. This updated, full color edition includes campground layout maps, directions to each campground, and descriptive profiles. Unlike other guides which merely list all campgrounds, Best Tent Camping: Minnesota profiles in detail the best sites in the state for campers who seek the serene and secluded. You'll find essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and websites), as well as a description of the campground, the best sites, and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking. Whether you are a native Minnesotan in search of new territory or a vacationer on the lookout for that dream campground, this book unlocks the secrets to the best tent camping that Minnesota has to offer.

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Best Tent Camping: Montana, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Montana, 2nd edition
Jan and Christina Nesset


From the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in the northwest to the Yellowstone River Valley in the south, Best Tent Camping: Montana is a guidebook for car campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites.

This completely updated guidebook includes detailed campground maps; key information such as fees, restrictions, and dates of operation; driving directions; and ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, security, and cleanliness.

Whether you are a native Montanan in search of new territory or a vacationer on the lookout for that dream campground, this book by local outdoor adventurers Ken and Vicky Soderberg unlocks the secrets to the best tent camping Montana has to offer.


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Best Tent Camping: New Jersey, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: New Jersey, 2nd edition
Matt Willen


The essential guide to camping in the Garden State. From the northern reaches of Stokes State Forest to the Atlantic coastal islands, camping in New Jersey has never been better. Best Tent Camping: New Jersey by Matt Willen and Marie Javins will guide you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best managed campgrounds in the Garden State.

Unlike other guides that merely list all campgrounds, Best Tent Camping: New Jersey is full color and profiles in detail only the 50 best sites in the state for campers who seek the serene and secluded.

You’ll find essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and websites), as well as a description of the campground; the best sites within the campground; and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking.



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Best Tent Camping: Ohio, 2nd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Ohio, 2nd edition
Robert Loewendick


Perfect Camping for You in Ohio!

The Buckeye State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? Robert Loewendick traversed the entire state—from Lake Erie and its fantastic fishing to the rich Native American culture of southwestern Ohio—and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot!

Best Tent Camping: Ohio presents 50 private, state park, and state forest campgrounds, organized into six distinct regions. Selections are based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal, and every site is rated for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness—so you’ll always know what to expect. The updated full-color edition of this proven guidebook provides everything you need to know, with detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities, as well as driving directions and GPS coordinates.

Whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, grab Best Tent Camping: Ohio. It’s an escape for all who wish to find those special locales that recharge the mind, body, and spirit. This guide is a keeper.



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Best Tent Camping: Oregon, 3rd edition
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Best Tent Camping: Oregon, 3rd edition
Becky Ohlsen


The guide to the top 50 tent campsites in Oregon.

The new, full-color edition of Best Tent Camping: Oregon by Becky Ohlsen guides campers to the state's quietest and most scenic campsites. It's the perfect resource for those who blanch at the thought of pitching a tent on a concrete slab, trying to sleep through the blare of another camper's boom box, or waking up to find your tent surrounded by RVs.

The book contains detailed campground layout maps; key information such as fees, restrictions, and dates of operation; and candid ratings for beauty, privacy, quiet, security, spaciousness, and cleanliness.



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