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Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon

Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon

by Randy Johnson
Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon

Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon

by Randy Johnson

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With its prominent profile recognizable for miles around and featuring vistas among the most beloved in the Appalachians, North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain is many things to many people: an easily recognized landmark along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a popular tourist destination, a site of annual Highland Games, and an internationally recognized nature preserve. In this definitive book on Grandfather, Randy Johnson guides readers on a journey through the mountain's history, from its geological beginnings millennia ago and the early days of exploration to its role in regional development and eventual establishment as a North Carolina state park. Along the way, he shows how Grandfather has changed, and has been changed by, the people of western North Carolina and beyond.

To tell the full natural and human story, Johnson draws not only on historical sources but on his rich personal experience working closely on the mountain alongside Hugh Morton and others. The result is a unique and personal telling of Grandfather's lasting significance. The book includes more than 200 historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and a practical guide to hiking the extensive trails, appreciating key plant and animal species and photographing the natural wonder that is Grandfather.

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ISBN-13: 9781469627007
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 39 MB
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About the Author

Randy Johnson is an accomplished travel editor and writer. He founded Grandfather Mountain's modern trail management program in 1978, was backcountry manager until 1990, and serves on Grandfather Mountain State Park's Advisory Committee.

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In this loving tribute Randy Johnson has captured the majesty of this national treasure. Through spectacular photographs and a lively, deeply researched narrative, Johnson celebrates the glory of 'the Grandfather' of mountains as no one else has. This volume is both a practical guide for those discovering the area, and a work of art commensurate with the grandeur of the mountain itself.—Robert Morgan, author of Lions of the West

Randy Johnson has written the best book on Grandfather Mountain, one of the great landmarks of the Appalachian Mountains. Thanks to Johnson's undeniably warm and engaging voice, this book reveals in an original and comprehensive way the compelling natural and human history of Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding high country of western North Carolina. It belongs on the bookshelf of everyone who loves North Carolina's mountains.—Daniel S. Pierce, University of North Carolina, Asheville

Randy Johnson's telling of Grandfather's story reads like a James Michener novel, with a passion and depth that can only come from being shaped by the mountain. He impresses that passion upon his reader.—Vicky Jarrett, former editor, Our State Magazine

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