Backpacking North Carolina: The Definitive Guide to 43 Can't-Miss Trips from Mountains to Sea

Backpacking North Carolina: The Definitive Guide to 43 Can't-Miss Trips from Mountains to Sea

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by Joe Miller
     
 

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Joe Miller brings us the first-ever stand-alone guidebook to backpacking in North Carolina, a state long known as a terrific backpacking destination. Covering 43 of the best trips the state has to offer, Backpacking North Carolina provides all the information necessary for beginning and experienced backpackers alike to enjoy hiking destinations from the

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Joe Miller brings us the first-ever stand-alone guidebook to backpacking in North Carolina, a state long known as a terrific backpacking destination. Covering 43 of the best trips the state has to offer, Backpacking North Carolina provides all the information necessary for beginning and experienced backpackers alike to enjoy hiking destinations from the mountains to the coast. Each trip description offers key maps and navigation information, including water sources and camping spots, as well as trip highlights and special considerations. Miller offers tips for enriching the experience, such as filling dark nights with stargazing and other activities, and gives advice for backpacking with children. Offering his expertise in a way that emphasizes the accessibility of backpacking, Miller encourages a wide range of nature lovers to give it a try, perhaps for the first time. Several "best-of" lists are included, featuring trips with exceptional nature study opportunities, water recreation, and easy excursions for beginners. Backpacking North Carolina takes the reader deep into a state full of natural wonder and adventure.

Backpacking North Carolina has all the essentials for planning your trip, whether a quick weekend getaway or a longer adventure:

Trips for beginner and expert backpackers alike
Helpful essays to introduce each trail and its features
Gear and safety advice for year-round backpacking
Major points of interest highlighted on each trip
Family-friendly trails and easy bailouts for when hiking with children
Detailed trail maps and directions to trailheads
Elevation profiles for each hike
Estimated hike times and level of difficulty
Camping permit requirements
GPS coordinates for water sources and good camping spots
Bullet lists of best trips for fishing, bird watching, waterfalls, and more

Southern Gateways Guide is a registered trademark of the University of North Carolina Press

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Miller's one- to two-page descriptions of the trails are invaluable firsthand impressions, and they really bring the trails to life. . . . This is an excellent guide for backpackers of all skill levels. Even experienced hikers will appreciate the way Miller captures the personality of these trails.—Library Journal

Library Journal
In this nice little trail guide, Miller (100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina) covers fewer trails than some North Carolina hiking guides (there are 43 here, compared with almost 500 in Hiking North Carolina) but makes up for this lack of breadth with a good amount of depth. Each trail is described in detail far beyond the basics, right down to things like the nearest outdoor outfitter. Miller also shares his personal impressions of every trail, which read like a friend giving you solid advice. This is useful because to an inexperienced backpacker a trail's length, elevation, and difficulty alone may not add up to an accurate idea of its true character. Miller's one- to two-page descriptions of the trails are invaluable firsthand impressions, and they really bring the trails to life. VERDICT This is an excellent guide for backpackers of all skill levels. Even experienced hikers will appreciate the way Miller captures the personality of these trails.—John Helling, Bloomfield P.L., IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807877944
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/21/2011
Series:
Southern Gateways Guides
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,119,771
File size:
7 MB

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From the Publisher
Just like the wisecracking, well-meaning, highly informed local you'd run into on a hike, Joe Miller provides detailed, fresh, and reliable information about the many outdoor adventures North Carolina offers. Don't forget to bring along this excellent guidebook on your next hike.—David Howard, executive editor of Bicycling magazine and former editor of Backpacker magazine

Meet the Author

Joe Miller is an outdoors and fitness writer based in Cary, N.C. He produces the outdoor recreation blog http://www.getgoingnc.com/ and is author of 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina.

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