Hike longer and deeper into a wilderness of rich history and striking beauty.
- 25 treks (multi-day outings averaging 30-50 miles long) in the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Georgia
- Three itineraries with camp options for each trek-you choose the miles-per-day distance you travel
- All in color: photography, 3-D "real image" topographic maps, trek summary charts, and elevation profiles for each route
Whether it's a 70-mile hike that traverses the crest of the Great Smokies from end to end or a trail in Pisgah National Forest dedicated to a local hiking pioneer, each trek in this guide was chosen for its unique natural features or cultural or historical legacy. Moderate treks stitch together established trails in new ways. More challenging journeys require some cross-country travel and route finding to link one trail with another.
Where treks incorporate classic trails as part of the whole, it's often with a twist. For example, the Iron Mountain Trail and a section of the Appalachian Trail are combined to form the unique Shady Valley Loop, eliminating the need for car shuttling between start and finish. For other treks, optional starts, alternate finishes, and recommended side trips add a wealth of possibility. Always, you choose your pace, with itineraries provided for different mileage-per-day goals. You'll find all the information you need at a glance, too: This guide is chock-full of features including a "Trail Summary and Mileage Estimates" chart listing directions and mileage for each landmark and junction and a "Suggested Camps Based on Different Trekking Itineraries" chart for each trek.
Author Bio:Corey Hadden has climbed, backpacked, and paddled throughout the Americas, from Canada to the Andes. He is an instructor for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Jack Igelman has explored the southern Appalachian Mountains by foot, bike, rope, and boat. A former Outward Bound instructor, he lives in Asheville, North Carolina.