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Welcome to Spring 2016—From Randy!

Grandfather Mountain high overhead from Foscoe, North Carolina.

Grandfather Mountain high overhead from Foscoe, North Carolina.

I have BIG news for 2016.

My highly anticipated Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon debuts in May, but order now. Best-seller Robert Morgan says, “Randy Johnson has captured the majesty of this national treasure in a work of art commensurate with the grandeur of the mountain itself. Johnson celebrates the glory of ‘the Grandfather’ of mountains as no one else has.” Former “Our State” editor Vicky Jarrett said the book reads “like a James Michener novel.”

This is a lavishly illustrated homage to what I argue is the Appalachians’ most iconic summit.

More BIG news—My bestselling guide Hiking North Carolina is just out in a new 3rd edition with all color maps and photos! It just won the 2016 First Prize for book photography from the Society of American Travel Writers eastern chapter. The third edition exceeds the highly ratedSATW1stPlace2016 second edition with updated, expanded content, more trails and more state parks for the centennial year of the park system. It’s a completely fresh look at a great trails state!

Please check out my other books–they share the passion of the Lowell Thomas Award-winning articles I have written for national magazines and newspapers. Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway and Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway are bestsellers. Best Easy Day Hikes Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of few books bundled with a National Geographic/Trails Illustrated map (at a great price).

Check out this promo for my late June appearances on D.G. Martin’s UNC-TV program North Carolina Bookwatch (Friday, June 24, UNC-NC at 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 26, UNC-TV at 12 p.m.; and Thursday, June 30, UNC-TV at 5 p.m.).

I don’t just hike trails, I build them too. I launched the program that kept Grandfather Mountain’s trails open in the 1970s, and helped create the trail network in place today on the mountain and Blue Ridge Parkway. As task force leader for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail across Grandfather–I invite you to join us (www.ncmst.org/).

My passion for sharing the outdoors is why my books’ trail descriptions explore an entire area, recommend a range of hikes, and include history, ecology, climate, and culture. I’m a map fanatic–you’ll love my books’ plentiful, accurate maps.

Expect an upcoming revision of Southern Snow: The Winter Guide to Dixie (it’s been called a “cult classic”). And please explore this website to read published articles, view trail videos, or join me at a presentation. My upcoming events are also listed under “Meet Randy.”

I hope you’ll consider my books. Here’s wishing you the kind of hiking experiences that inspire me to write them!

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