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Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway, 3rd Edition
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Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway, 3rd Edition
Tim Jackson and Taryn Chase Jackson


The Best Road Trip Through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee

In the heart of the Deep South, the Natchez Trace Parkway traverses 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, to its northern terminus near Nashville, Tennessee. Rolling hills, historic sites, beautiful scenery—the historic byway is peppered with some of the region’s best food, lodging, and attractions. It is a drive that everyone should make.

With the Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway, you can explore parts of the route or its entire length—and you won’t miss any of your favorite discoveries along the way. The nearly 100 possible milepost stops are sorted into categories, so you can choose the places that interest you most. Plus, with information ranging from parkway rules and best safety practices to tips about when to travel, this guidebook is essential in planning the perfect trip for yourself, your friends, or your entire family. Those who wish to experience the terrain on foot, bicycle, or horseback will appreciate the practical advice and details on trail locations.

Whether you’re exploring a few miles or a few hundred, maximize your enjoyment with the full-color Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway. There’s a visual delight at every turn.


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Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge, 2nd edition
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Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge, 2nd edition
Sean Patrick Hill


Hike and Backpack in Nature’s Stunning Beauty

The rugged wilderness of Kentucky’s Red River Gorge is like no other. Dense forests, wondrous rock formations, and awe-inspiring views make it a paradise that’s waiting to be explored. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, you’ll find carefully maintained trails that are perfect for your needs. Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge is the definitive guide to the Red River Gorge Geologic Area, Natural Bridge State Park, and Clifty Wilderness. This updated, full-color edition by Kentucky author Sean Patrick Hill showcases 25 of the best hikes in the Gorge, as well as a selection of recommended nearby trails.

The book’s easy-to-use layout treats each hike as its own adventure, presenting trail details, maps, full-color photographs, and tips for enjoying the flora, fauna, and history along the way. Ratings for key elements that make each trail appealing help you to quickly make an informed decision about which hike to choose for yourself or the whole family. Thrill-seekers will also discover how to combine routes into a longer adventure for a full day of hiking or even a backpacking trip. It’s everything you need to know to experience the famed Red River Gorge on foot.


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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, 4th edition
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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, 4th edition
Johnny Molloy


A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, now in its 4th edition, combines the pleasure of hiking with the wonder of one of nature's most captivating sights: waterfalls. Outlining hikes that feature more than 110 waterfalls in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this guide has been updated with 30 new waterfalls, updates to existing routes, and new photos. Offering something for hikers of every level of experience, waterfalls range in height from 10 to 500 feet, some requiring no hike at all while others include hikes of up to 10 miles. In this guide, today's most experienced guidebook author Johnny Molloy teams up with Nicole Blouin and Marilou & Steve Bordonaro to introduce hikers to waterfalls spanning 2 states, 4 national forests, 3 national parks, and 8 state parks all throughout the Blue Ridge.


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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: St. Louis, 3ed
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: St. Louis, 3ed
Steve Henry


    Mention St. Louis and most people think of the famous arch. Residents and visitors-in-the-know appreciate the many outdoor recreational opportunities the Gateway to the West has to offer. With new hikes and updated text and maps, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: St. Louis points hikers to the best outdoor trails and rambles within easy reach of the city.

    Whether walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, exploring amazing rock formation in the Pickle Springs Natural Area, or trekking along a portion of the longest rails-to-trails paths in the U.S., hikers are sure to be amazed at the diversity of outdoor experiences awaiting them. The included hikes are located in Missouri as well as its neighbor, Illinois.

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Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin
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Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin
Timothy Bauer


60 Paddling Adventures Within 60 Miles of Madison

South-central Wisconsin provides an impressive array of opportunities for all types of paddling, including some of the very best daytrips in the entire state and even the Upper Midwest. Canoeing and Kayaking South Central Wisconsin, by experienced paddler and author Timothy Bauer, guides all types of paddlers, whether veteran or novice, through whitewater adrenaline or flatwater calm routes near Madison, Rockford, Janesville, Waukesha, and Milwaukee.

This paddling guide is the perfect companion for those seeking “the rowed less taken.” It describes the best times to paddle 60 diverse routes, alerts readers to each paddle’s difficulty level and estimated length, and suggests side trips, optional trip extensions, and alternate routes to paddle depending on weather conditions. Easy-to-follow maps, complete with GPS coordinates and driving directions, add to this book’s high value. In addition, the author provides contact information on local paddling clubs, outfitters, and Internet links.


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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic
Matt Willen


Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic by Matt Willen provides readers with detailed information on 43 of the best Appalachian Trail day hikes along the 450 miles stretch of trail that extends from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia to the New York/Connecticut state line.

The guide includes a range of hikes, from those that are suitable for families with small children looking for a nice walk in the woods, to the seasoned hiker out for challenging weekend. Many of the hikes make use of adjacent side trails to create loop and balloon configuration trips as well as out-and-back excursions, and all of the trips can be completed with a single car. Each of the profiles includes pertinent information on the history or natural history of the hike and provides recommendations for other activities or sites of interest in the area.

Be sure to check out the other two books in the series as well:

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South


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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England
Lafe Low


Spanning from southern Connecticut up to the top of the mighty Katahdin, Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England by local author Lafe Low is a thorough reference to 45 day hikes on the Appalachian Trail in New England.

This is the only guide that specifically covers the best days hikes (suitable for expert hikers to families with kids) along the AT as it passes through New England. The profiles include everything one would need to plan and proceed with a day hike on the AT: trailhead location, hiking time, hiking intensity, full description, directions, and maps.

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South
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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South
Johnny Molloy


Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South is important since it takes readers directly to the best experiences to be had on the Appalachian Trail in highland Dixie. The book details 45 hikes along the AT, from the trail’s southern terminus atop Springer Mountain in Georgia north through North Carolina and Tennessee, into Virginia to the Maryland state line. It helps hikers experience those special moments in special places on the Appalachian Trail, whether it is hiking to overlooks, waterfalls and wildernesses, as well as scenic, cultural and historical sites, even trail towns.

Readers can experience adventures stretched out along the spine of the Southern Appalachians. Georgia’s Blood Mountain proudly displays gardens of mountain laurel while deep woodlands of birch and rhododendron rise astride Long Creek. In North Carolina, the open meadows of Siler Bald contrast with the lush forests of Standing Indian Mountain. In Tennessee, the spruce-fir evergreens on Roan Mountain juxtapose with the great oak woodlands found on the shores of Watauga Lake. In Virginia, fern gardens line the AT on the slopes of Stony Man Mountain while wind stunted pine ridges flank the path near the Dragons Tooth. In this varied terrain and habitat, we follow the AT to our hiking destinations.

Using veteran outdoor writer Johnny Molloy’s three decades of experience exploring the Southern Appalachians, this book is a true compilation of the best hikes on the Appalachian Trail in the South, and adds value to the book.


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Five-Star Trails Ann Arbor and Detroit
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Five-Star Trails Ann Arbor and Detroit
Greg Tasker


Five-Star Trails Ann Arbor and Detroit will steer you off the beaten path where you’ll find exceptional beauty and peace of mind. Each trail description provides 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.

Sized to fit in a pocket, the book's detailed trail descriptions will help readers find their way on and off the trail. Driving directions and GPS trailhead coordinates will help with navigating the myriad of unnamed roads. The trails covered range from those best suited to the novice, families, experienced hikers, or backpackers.


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Five-Star Trails: Birmingham
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Five-Star Trails: Birmingham
Thomas M. Spencer


In the first decades of the 21st century, Birmingham is building again on its natural resources, but this time it’s not to fire steel-making smokestacks. Instead, where railroads ran and mines burrowed into mountains, the healed landscape is being repurposed for hiking and biking. New and expanding venues around the city are providing more opportunities not only to get outside and exercise but also to appreciate the labor and industry that built the city.

Birmingham is not only a collision point in history but is also a crossroads of biological and geological diversity. Within a short drive of Birmingham, you can find yourself on an Appalachian Mountain peak or on the banks of the Cahaba River as it broadens to snake through the Coastal Plain. You can visit old growth forest in the Sipsey Wilderness or hike down into the “Grand Canyon of the East” at Little River Canyon. And that's only the start. Across this landscape, you’ll find a level of diversity of plant and animal species, some rare and endangered, that rivals anywhere in the North America.

So get off the couch, skip the same-old-same-old and hit the trails. You’ll be rewarded.

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