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North Carolina Adventure Weekends
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North Carolina Adventure Weekends
Matt Schneider & Jessie Johnson


North Carolina Adventure Weekends takes readers to the best destinations in North Carolina for 48 hours of maximum adventure. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, North Carolina offers a variety of outdoor pursuits to enjoy—from camping in Pisgah National Forest to canoeing down the Nantahala River and hiking in the Croatan National Forest. There’s no need to spend hours researching the best destinations or go on long, expensive trips. North Carolina Adventure Weekends by Matt Schneider and Jessie Johnson is for hikers who love to climb, paddlers who love to pedal, and anyone else whose idea of unwinding is an action-packed weekend in the great outdoors. With 12 exciting trips to choose from, you’ll know where to stay and which adventures are truly weekend-worthy.
Each chapter in this full color guide highlights a focused geographic area and includes detailed directions, so readers can spend more time playing and less time driving from place to place. Adventurers will also learn where to stock up on supplies, what to do on a rainy day, and where to go to rehash the weekend’s adventures over an epic-worthy meal and a beer.
Inside You’ll Find
  • Trip descriptions to the 12 best destinations for weekend adventure
  • Hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling opportunities rated for difficulty
  • Lodging options, restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops
  • Ideal outings for individuals, couples, families, and groups

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  • Best Tent Camping: Florida, 5ed
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    Best Tent Camping: Florida, 5ed
    Johnny Molloy


    Best Tent Camping: Florida will guide you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best managed campgrounds in Florida. Painstakingly selected from more than 1,000 campgrounds in the forest, in the swamps, and on the coast, each campsite is rated for beauty, noise, privacy, security, spaciousness, and cleanliness. Each campground profile provides essential details on facilities, reservations, fees, and restrictions, as well as an accurate, easy-to-read map, making the campground easily accessible.

    Well-traveled outdoors writer Johnny Molloy has used his wealth of experience and scoured the entirety of Florida for this updated edition—choosing only the most pristine campgrounds that include great locales for tent campers and feature fun outdoors activities nearby, most as close as your tent door.

    Whether you are a native Floridian in search of new territory or an out-of-state vacationer, Best Tent Camping unlocks the secrets to finding and enjoying the best tent-camping experiences in the Sunshine State.


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    Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona
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    Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona
    Tony Padegimas


    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: 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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    Best Tent Camping: Alabama
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    Best Tent Camping: Alabama
    Joe Cuhaj


    One of the fastest-growing recreational activities in the country is tent camping. But where do you go for a peaceful weekend, with little distraction from the hustle and noise of everyday life? A place where the only night life is the chirping of frogs? A place where the rustle of leaves and the soothing flow of a stream replaces media chatter and chimes of a cell phone?

    Welcome to Best Tent Camping: Alabama, your guide to the 50 best tent-camping sites in the Heart of Dixie. Whether you prefer the pristine white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. or the mountains and canyons of the Tennessee Valley, or something in-between. Alabama has it all.

    And Best Tent Camping: Alabama will take you to the most beautiful, yet lesser known, of the state's campsites, guaranteeing you a peaceful retreat. Each guidebook entry provides the latest maps of the grounds; each entry also alerts you to the best sites within the facility to ensure a rewarding and relaxing visit. The guidebook's campsite ratings on beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quietness, security, and cleanliness let you know whether or not each campground is the one you seek at any particular time. For a family outing, for example, spaciousness and security might be your key considerations. A planned romantic escape may catapult beauty and privacy to the top of your wish list. And so on.

    In addition, each site entry has complete contact and registration information, operating hours, and a list of restrictions. Directions to the site come complete with GPS coordinates to put you at the main gate.

    Best Tent Camping: Alabama also spotlights historical facts and flora and fauna of the region, in addition to the recreational activities in and around the site.

    Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran Best Tent Camping: Alabama will show you how to make your trip more enjoyable, and will convince you of the great natural beauty of this Heart of Dixie state.


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    Best Tent Camping: Colorado, 5ed.
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    Best Tent Camping: Colorado, 5ed.
    Kim Lipker and johnny Molloy


    Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

    The Colorado landscape is rich with opportunities for tent camping. Millions of acres of public lands are dotted with hundreds of campgrounds—but you probably only have a precious amount of limited time. Which campgrounds do you choose? Where should you go? When should you go? That’s what this book is for—to help you make the wisest use of your time in the wilds of the Centennial State.

    In the mountains of Colorado, the Rockies, camping is primarily a summertime activity. When the snow melts and the rivers run high—that’s when tent campers start longing for the crisp mornings, crystal-clear days, and cool nights by the campfire that are part of a Rocky Mountain camp out. Not to mention wilderness hiking, trout fishing, mountain biking, and whitewater boating.

    In other parts of Colorado, the tent camping season is extended. You can pitch your tent year-round in the canyon country of the Western Slope, along the prairie lakes of the east, and in some of the lower elevation state parks. No matter where you go or when you go, the scenic beauty of Colorado will never fail to please the eye.

    Before embarking on a trip, take some time to prepare. Many of the best tent campgrounds are at the far end of a gravel road. This isolation—part of their attraction for many campers—makes for a long supply or gear run if you are unprepared. Call ahead and ask for a park map, brochure, or other information to help you plan your trip. Make reservations wherever applicable, especially at popular state parks. Ask questions. Ask more questions. The more questions you ask, the fewer surprises you’ll get. There are other times, however, when you’ll grab your gear and this book, hop in the car, and just wing it. This can be an adventure in its own right.

    Each campground has been rated on six criteria: beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security and cleanliness. In addition, campground profiles include vital statistics about each location (fees, restrictions, operating season, amenities, contact information, driving directions and reservation information, to name a few) that help campers plan the perfect trip without unwanted surprises. GPS users will also appreciate that each campground's precise latitude and longitude waypoints are included.

    Tent campers will also enjoy a detailed map of each campground included in the site profile. Making reservations online or blindly over the phone can put a camper miles from the restroom, stranded with no shade, or in the middle of a busy campground trail. Maps will help campers avoid those pitfalls, and wherever possible the author has even recommended specific campsites for maximum privacy, spaciousness, or beauty.

    Although there's never a shortage for things to do in Colorado's outdoors, campground summaries in the book also suggest attractions and activities near each campground. Fishing, hiking, biking, paddling, and scenic drives in the immediate area are recommended to ensure that campers know the basic lay of the land and have a jumping-off point to plan their trip.

    Whether it's a large family looking to get away for the weekend, a scout troop that wants to try something new, or a serious outdoors enthusiast searching for a place to adventure for the day and crash for the night, Best Tent Camping: Colorado has done all the work in finding those special, out-of-the-way campgrounds, and gives campers the tools to plan an amazing, unforgettable camping trip.


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    Best Tent Camping: Georgia, 3rd edition
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    Best Tent Camping: Georgia, 3rd edition
    Johnny Molloy


    Whether it’s rafting down the Chattooga River, hiking along the Bartram Trail, or sea kayaking around Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia is chock full of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities. To help these adventurers on their way, Best Tent Camping: Georgia, 3rd edition reveals the best places in the Peach State to pitch a tent, from mountainous Amicalola Falls State Park, starting point for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, to the windswept dunes of Cumberland Island. Written to steer campers away from concrete slabs and convoys of RVs, Best Tent Camping: Georgia points tent campers to only the most scenic and serene campsites in the state.

    Painstakingly selected from hundreds of campgrounds, each of the 50 campsites is rated for: beauty, noise, privacy, security, spaciousness, and cleanliness. In addition, each campground profile provides essential details on facilities, reservations, fees, and restrictions, as well as an accurate, easy-to-read map, making the campground a snap to locate. Also included are suggestions for nearby outdoor recreation and sightseeing, pinpointing attractions that often go unnoticed.


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    Best Tent Camping: Kentucky, 2nd edition
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    Best Tent Camping: Kentucky, 2nd edition
    Johnny Molloy


    Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

    The width and breadth of Kentucky offers the outdoor enthusiast a variety of lands to explore. Add the plethora of public lands with campgrounds and you have a fine starting point for adventurous tent campers. Kentucky is the oldest state west of the Appalachian Mountains. Settled by pioneers such as Daniel Boone and Thomas Walker, the Bluegrass State is steeped in American history, from the settler’s passage at Cumberland Gap to Daniel Boone’s Fort Boonesborough to the Civil War defensive fortifications at Columbus. Pioneers traveled on rough overland trails and along rivers, used for passage through the vast forests that thrived in their interiors. These steep, rich mountains, including the Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau, that once formed a rampart to settlement now offer preserved destinations. Farther west are “barrens,” areas in the forests that Indians kept open to attract game to hunt. The Ohio and Mississippi rivers form the state’s western border and are its respective lowest elevations.

    Today tent campers can enjoy these parcels, each piece a distinct region of Kentucky. In western Kentucky, you can explore the surprisingly scenic terrain of Penyrile State Park and Forest. Or tour Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, which together form the second largest man made body of water in the world. This vast watershed encircles Land Between The Lakes. The center state has numerous lakes where you can spend day after summer day cooling off from that hot Kentucky sun. Rugged and mountainous eastern Kentucky has its high points, such as Kingdom Come State Park that presents far-reaching mountain views. The beauty of Daniel Boone National Forest covers much of the Bluegrass State. Rock bluffs overlook gorges cut by water and time. It is a land of verdant forests, sandstone arches, and wild rivers.

    This book by author Johnny Molloy leads you to the best tent camping destinations within these parcels of the Bluegrass State, describing not only of the campgrounds themselves, but also the fun outdoorsy activities nearby. The book uses a rating system, which includes campground privacy, security, beauty, quiet, and cleanliness, and gives inside tips on how to be enjoy each particular destination from your chosen campground. It also details prices, opening and closing dates, websites, and other information that will help you utilize your precious time to the fullest, enjoying your Kentucky tent camping experience.


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    Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks, 2nd edition
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    Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks, 2nd edition
    Steve Henry


    Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

    Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks by Steve Henry leads readers to 50 quiet and beautiful camping hideaways in Missouri and northwest Arkansas. In addition to scenic beauty and relaxing atmosphere, campground profiles also include tips for outdoor activities and points of interest. Key Information and Campground Ratings boxes in each chapter make it easy for readers to scan and find a camping spot perfect for their weekend getaway.

    Have a history buff in your group? Several campgrounds are located near historic sites. Camping with a road biker? Several profiles recommend good road biking loops. Especially helpful is a set of “Best For…” lists in the front of the book, guiding readers to the best campgrounds for scenic beauty, families, hiking, swimming, cycling and mountain biking, canoeing, and more.

    Whether campers are looking for a place where they can also go fishing, hiking, or canoeing or the best sites for photography, Henry provides plenty of information to make choosing the right campsite easy. Henry has even included ratings on the beauty, privacy, spaciousness, and cleanliness of each site. Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks makes planning your camping trip easy and enjoyable!


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    Best Tent Camping: New England, 4ed.
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    Best Tent Camping: New England, 4ed.
    Lafe Low


    Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

    If you subscribe to the opinion that televisions, Japanese lanterns, and electric guitars are not essential camping equipment, The Best in Tent Camping should be your constant companion. The Best in Tent Camping: New England is a guidebook for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites. It's the perfect resource if you blanch at the thought of pitching a tent on a concrete slab, trying to sleep through the blare of another camper's boombox, or waking to find your tent surrounded by a convoy of RVs. Painstakingly selected from hundreds of campgrounds, this book guides you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best-managed campgrounds in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Each campground profile provides essential details on facilities, reservations, fees, and restrictions, as well as an accurate, easy-to-read map making the campground a snap to locate. 

    Rich with history, natural beauty, and environmental diversity, New England offers campers a new experience at every turn. From the tidal marsh of Long Island Sound, to Vermont's world-famous forests, to the rocky shores of Maine, New England camping has never been better. Including campgrounds in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, the campgrounds profiled in The Best in Tent Camping: New England, 4th edition are each unique. With revised and updated text, finding that perfect site is a snap. Author Lafe Low guides readers not only to the region's best campsites, but also to recreational and cultural activities nearby. It fits perfectly in your pack for easy access on your trip.



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