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Five-Star Trails: Louisville and Southern Indiana
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Five-Star Trails: Louisville showcases many of the hiking trails and walking paths within the city or within easy driving distance in central Kentucky and southern Indiana. Designed specifically for day trips, this book includes several of the area's most popular parks, as well as many of the lesser-known hiking trails in nature preserves, wildlife management areas, and national forests.

Known as the City of Parks, Louisville has long valued the natural landscape and the provisioning of outdoor recreation. In 1891 Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, was commissioned to develop an extensive park system for Louisville that eventually included 18 parks and 6 interconnecting parkways. Since that time, Louisville has continued to invest resources to build a first-class park system. Nestled within the Ohio Valley, and bordered by the knobs region to the south and the heavily forested areas of Indiana to the north, Louisville lies at the heart of an endless array of hiking opportunities.

Like others in the publisher’s Five-Star series, Five-Star Trails: Louisville provides in-depth trail descriptions, directions, and commentary about each route. Each hike features an individual trail map, elevation profile, and at-a glance information, helping readers quickly decide the perfect trip for that day’s mood, time, and energy level. Trail descriptions also include information on the history of the area, wildflowers found across various seasons, and wildlife that might be encountered during day hikes. Worthwhile side trips are also identified, whether it be a nearby waterfall, a local barbeque joint, or an interesting museum.

The author has included a wide range of hikes, to accommodate inexperienced hikers as well as more rigorous climbs for the seasoned outdoors person. Particular attention is given to identifying those hikes that are suitable for young children and those with mobility challenges.

Handily sized and formatted, the book allows fast, easy reference, and its descriptions will help readers find their way on and off the trail. Detailed driving directions and GPS trailhead coordinates lead the reader to the trailhead. A regional map locates all of the guidebook hikes, showing readers the hikes that are close to downtown Louisville, as well as those within a short driving distance. Individual maps accompany each of the book’s 30-some hiking routes.

The health benefits of hiking are in easy reach with Five-Star Trails: Louisville on your bookshelf. Whether you are looking for a quick walk after work to shake off the stresses of the day or a longer jaunt to explore a new area, this book is full of hiking ideas for everyone.


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Five-Star Trails: Tucson, 2nd Edition
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Five-Star Trails: Tucson, 2nd Edition
Rob Rachowiecki


Explore the Best Trails in Tucson, Arizona

Encircled by mountains, blessed with awe-inspiring desert scenery, and flanked to its east and west by Saguaro National Park, Tucson is an absolute hiker’s nirvana. Hundreds of trails provide endless opportunities to explore. With the expert guidance of local author Rob Rachowiecki, you’ll experience 38 five-star hiking trails, for all levels and interests, divided into six distinct areas in and around the city.

Bag a peak, or take a dip in a swimming hole. Immerse yourself in the region’s American Indian history, or wander among towering rock formations. With ratings for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, solitude, and accessibility for children, you can find your perfect outings with just a glance. GPS-based trail maps, elevation profiles, and detailed directions to trailheads help to ensure that you always know where you are and where to go. Insights into the history, flora, and fauna of the routes entertain and educate while you are out on the trails.

Save time and make the most of your hiking adventures. Experience the best of Tucson’s breathtaking scenery, varied terrain, and amazing wildlife. Lace up, grab your pack, and hit the trail!


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Paddling Long Island and New York City
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Paddling Long Island and New York City
Kevin Stiegelmaier


The Best Sea Kayaking from Montauk to Manhasset Bay to Manhattan

Paddling Long Island is the only book on the market to depict routes and destinations across the whole of Long Island and the New York City area. And it showcases 50 of the very best. It is a diverse selection, too. After all, according to skill level, weather, personal mood, and other factors, a paddler may want open, fast water one day, but a quiet, protected experience at another time, and something in-between later on. It’s all here, from New York City to the far eastern tip of Long Island’s Montauk Point. 

What’s more, the book’s guidance and language are geared to wide-ranging skill levels: the novice will be enlightened and encouraged, and the seasoned kayaker or canoeist will be engaged and engrossed. That is because the author’s intimate, lifelong knowledge of the area’s waterways shines in his descriptions of natural and social histories, humorous stories, personal anecdotes, and beautiful black-and-white photographs. 

For example, among the 50 entries, the author tells of Cold Spring Harbor, nestled between Oyster Bay and Huntington, and steeped in maritime history. He gives some back story on Little Neck Bay, home to littleneck clams but also where he says you will likely see a fin flip or a tail splash as the striped bass catch their prey. And he will take you to Setauket Harbor and tell you why it’s his personal paddling favorite. 

But not all waxes euphoric, as there are practical considerations when striking out on water, and this guidebook is a good friend to have along. It describes the best times to paddle the 50 harbor, inlet, bay, and river 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. And a final extensive section on personal safety, boat and equipment preparedness, and related topics makes this book an invaluable tool.



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Stand-Up Paddler's Guide to Southern California
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Stand-Up Paddler's Guide to Southern California
David Womack


Paddling, Surfing, Touring, Racing, and Yoga

The Stand-Up Paddler's Guide to Southern California by local veteran outdoorsman David Womack is a beach-by-beach guide to paddling in the coastal waters from San Diego to Santa Barbara. The book covers every application of stand-up paddling from touring to surfing. This is the book you need if you want to maximize your SUP experience.


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Best Tent Camping: The Carolinas, 4ed
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Best Tent Camping: The Carolinas, 4ed
Johnny Molloy


Perfect Camping for You in North Carolina and South Carolina!

The Carolinas provide spectacular backdrops 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? Johnny Molloy has traversed the entire region—from the alluring Blue Ridge Mountains to the saltwater-washed sands of the Atlantic coast—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: The Carolinas is a keeper.


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Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway, 3ed
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Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway, 3ed
Victoria and Frank Logue, and Nicole Blouin


Flowing among the beautiful mountains and valleys of Virginia and North Carolina, the 469-mile-long Blue Ridge Parkway is a true American jewel. Built to expose motorists to nature as well as to preserve its beauty, the Parkway still delivers unrivaled beauty today. Whether going for the day or driving the entire parkway, visitors will want to grab a copy of the Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway in order to aid their exploration.

This milepost guide highlights the many significant points of interest located on and nearby the Parkway, including Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, and Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed sites on the Parkway. Locations of overlooks, waterfalls, and tunnels as well as key entry/exit points along the Parkway are noted. Also included in the book is a brief history of the Parkway itself, a look at the surrounding geology and human history of the area, and an extensive wildflower bloom calendar.

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Rowed Trip
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Rowed Trip
Colin and Julie Angus


    From the rugged highlands of Scotland, husband and wife team Julie and Colin Angus rowed more than 7,000 km to Aleppo, Syria in the heart of the Middle East. Their course followed ancient transportation corridors traditionally used for trade and migration. They experienced and learned about the rich cultural tapestry that makes up present-day Europe, while in a manner that promotes environmentally responsible travel.

     Julie and Colin’s journey, completed in September 2008, along the traditional aquatic trading routes without using motors proved to be an ideal way to meet the people and explore the varied landscapes as they paddled through thirteen distinct countries.

    Connecting Scotland and Syria with a human-powered voyage also had a personal significance for the couple. Colin’s mother and father both hail from northern Scotland and Julie’s father is from Syria. The journey allowed the couple to explore their family histories. In an age where globalization and cultural integration is the norm, the journey allowed the duo to reflect on their origins and unravel the events that led to their union in western Canada.

    Two amphibious rowboats were constructed for the journey. The vessels each carry a bicycle and trailer which allowed them to travel on roads and bicycle paths as well as water.

    Route of Journey: From Dunnet Head at the northern tip of Scotland, the couple paddled along the coasts and through canal systems to southern England. Here they crossed the English Channel and continued into central Europe via the Rhine River. They reached the headwaters of the Danube River through a canal system and followed through Eastern Europe to the Black Sea. From here the team entered the Mediterranean through Turkey and continued to Syria.

    See a gallery of images from the journey at rowedtrip.com

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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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