A Guide to Car-Hiking the Appalachian Trailby Jim Duffus, Dancy Duffus, Adafrances R. Duffus
This easy-to-use guide will help you discover, by car, 74 access points to the Appalachian Trail, the longest linear park in the world. You will find where it crosses major rivers and the Interstate Highway System. You will be able to drive to significant sites such as the north and south terminals of the Appalachian Trail; historical areas near the Appalachian Trail such as Civil War battlefields; areas of natural interest; the high, low, and mid-points on the Appalachian Trail; the Maine/Canada border crossing of the developing International Extension of the Appalachian Trail as well as many other places of interest.
Each site lists tourist information sources (phone numbers and/or websites) and where appropriate short hikes are described.
The guide is also intended to help parents introduce their children to some modest hiking and to encourage active people of all ages who love nature and the outdoors to sample parts of the Appalachian Trail—a portion at a time—perhaps as a life-time achievement.
The guide will enable anyone to find and follow the trail by car, thereby reawakening them to some of the magnificent wealth of their natural heritage.
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What a novel idea! The AT runs through my town, and I remember watching the guy behind the counter of the local hardware store talking to a young couple who wanted to take their young children for a short hike on the famous footpath. The shopkeeper was struggling with directions, but Car-Hiking the AT would have come to the rescue. There have to be thousands of us thru-hiker wannabees who don¿t have the time, the knees, or the freedom to hike the AT that way, but crave that ¿taste of the AT¿ that the knowledgeable authors serve up so temptingly. Yes, it dares to mention bridges, highways, and other claptrap of modern human development, but you¿ve got to get to the trailhead somehow! Clear maps, good descriptions, nice design, and nifty tidbits on local history and more- just the thing. Best of all, it¿s written with personality and a clear love of the trail. This one has earned a place on my bookshelf.
I have been Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare and am also Past President of West Virginia University and Rochester Institute of Technology. My wife and I have hiked parts of the A.T. and other trails throughout the world. Because of this I was attracted to your book. I wish I had had the idea for it years ago. It is indeed a brilliant idea. The book that results is an equally brilliant way of handling it. It surpasses the usual trail books. You two, as authors, "have been there" and that fact plus your love of hiking as a collective pastime of a family shines through the work and gives it a quite special quality. Your sharing of your personal objectives for doing the work lends it an evident authenticity. Your informative inclusions - A.T. history, references to environmental and recreational culture - gives the work an educational flavor. This is important to the growing population on the eastern seaboard and to more and more senior people interested in exploring the natural environment and sustaining their physical health.
The Appalachian Trail is not just the province of the rugged hiker. This guide gives young and old (of any physical ability) a chance to find and enjoy this national treasure. It fills a unique niche in A.T. literature.It helps find, by car, where the trail crosses 18 major rivers and the 18 crossings of the Interstate Highway System. It helps find the north (Mt. Katahdin in Maine) and south (Springer Mt. in Georgia) terminals of the trail. It helps find the high,low,midpoint and historic sites on and near the trail. It locates the first and last road crossing in each state. Each of the 74 sites lists tourist information sources and,where appropriate, describes short hikes. The guide will help parents introduce their children to the trail and will enable people of all ages and ability to find and sample parts of the trail - perhaps as lifetime achievement.