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Hiking North Carolina by Randy Johnson

The newly revised and greatly expanded 2nd edition of Hiking North Carolina is available now. One of the most popular books in Globe Pequot’s nationwide FalconGuides® series, Hiking North Carolina describes nearly 500 trails all across the state. All are indexed (a reader requested improvement), as well as organized in a Trail Finder, with GPS compatible maps and and a sewn binding guaranteed not to fail or it will be replaced for free. There are plentiful, all new photos (25% more than in the 1st edition), accurate trailhead directions, detailed trail descriptions, difficulty ratings, elevation gains, and more for hundreds of hikes.

North Carolina's mountains-to-sea spectrum of scenic beauty ranks it among the nation's top outdoor recreation states. From the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Parkway (the nation's most popular national park-see two other guides to that park by this author) to surprising Piedmont sites and on to the world-class strand of the Outer Banks islands, North Carolina's outdoors shouldn't be missed.

A rest on the Appalachian Trail looking at Hump Mountain.

This hefty guide richly delves into every region, ranging from city greenways, to national military parks, state parks and national forests. Hikes include a complete traverse of the Appalachian Trail (with a strong focus on the best day hikes and overnight backpack trips), and detailed sections on Grandfather Mountain, Linville Gorge and Shining Rock wilderness areas, and Roan Mountain's meadow-covered Appalachian Trail summits. Major greenway coverage features Charlotte, the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point), Durham, and Raleigh. Coastal hikes include Nags Head, Cape Lookout, Cape Hatteras-even an island ghost town.

Indeed, this book was designed to offer as many hikes in the North Carolina Mountains, near urban centers, or to waterfalls and other points of interest, as books targeted to those topics alone. Readers find ample options in those specialty areas-and the rest of the state, too.

This guide's mile-by-mile trail descriptions, evocative black-and-white photos (praised by book buyers on Amazon.com), detailed maps, and a listing of trail-related Internet addresses, truly help hikers plan for and enjoy their next trip. Whether you want a challenging backpacking adventure deep into the heart of the Appalachian Mountains or an easy Maritime forest nature hike on your next trip to the beach, Hiking North Carolina will be an indispensable part of your North Carolina outing.

For great mountain hiking, visit Asheville, North Carolina.

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