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Hiking North Carolina's National Forests

Hiking North Carolina's National Forests

50 Can't-Miss Trail Adventures in the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests

  • Author: Johnny Molloy
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469611686
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 264
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North Carolina's 1.2 million acres of national forestland are some of our state's most distinctive and botanically diverse areas. Veteran nature writer Johnny Molloy welcomes you to enjoy these beautiful and often surprising wild areas, guiding you safely there and back again. Molloy renders the sometimes primitive trails accessible to both beginner and more intrepid hikers, from families with small children to dedicated wilderness wanderers. Spotlighting the best hikes in all four of North Carolina's national forests--Nantahala, Pisgah, Uwharrie, and Croatan, ranging from the mountains to the coast--this book includes some of the state's most heralded destinations and invites you to explore many lesser-known gems. Features include * A hike summary, including distance, time, and difficulty of each trip * Detailed instructions to keep you on the trail * GPS coordinates of every trailhead, a narrative of the hike, and can't-miss features * A cultural and natural history of each area * Best seasons to go * Fees and permits, as well as contact information for each area * Photos and maps to orient you

Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests

Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests

An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia

  • Author: Stephanie B. Jeffries,Thomas R. Wentworth
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469618214
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 336
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This unique hiking guide to the southern Appalachian mountains leads readers to explore the rich forest ecosystems and other natural communities visitors encounter along the trail. Drawing on years of experience guiding forest walks throughout the region, Steph Jeffries and Tom Wentworth invite hikers and nature lovers to see their surroundings in new ways. Readers will learn to decipher clues from the tree canopies, forest floor, and other natural features to appreciate more fully the environmental factors that make the southern Appalachians home to an amazing biodiversity. These thirty popular hikes in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia range from short walks along Blue Ridge Parkway pull-offs to longer day trips in the region's backcountry. Offering spectacular mountain scenery and natural wildflower gardens, these trails are the perfect place to gain a new appreciation for the natural communities of the region. Features include * A summary including distance, difficulty, and GPS coordinates for each hike * A narrative description of each hike, including the unique natural features waiting to be discovered * Detailed instructions to keep you on the trail * Best seasons to go for wildflower and foliage views * Contact information for each area * Photos and maps to orient you * An illustrated guide to southern Appalachia's most common trees and shrubs, including tips on identification

Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians

Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians

Thirty Great Hikes

  • Author: Timothy P. Spira
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469622653
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 304
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If you love waterfalls, here are some of the best hikes in the Southern Appalachians. And if you love plants--or simply would like to learn more about them--you will be in hiking heaven: naturalist Tim Spira's guidebook links waterfalls and wildflowers in a spectacularly beautiful region famous for both. Leading you to gorgeous waterfalls in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia, the book includes many hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As he surveys one of America's most biologically diverse regions, Spira introduces hikers to the "natural communities" approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy--equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way. Each of the 30 hikes includes: * a detailed map and GPS coordinates * a lively trail description highlighting the plants you are most likely to see, as well as birds and other animals along the way * an associated plant species list Also featured: * beautiful color photographs of 30 destination waterfalls, 125 plants, and more * detailed descriptions of 125 key plant species * 22 drawings to help identify plant structures * a glossary of botanical terms

Backpacking Virginia

Backpacking Virginia

The Definitive Guide to 40 Can't-Miss Trips from Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean

  • Author: Johnny Molloy
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469651599
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 280
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Covering 40 of the best trips the state of Virginia has to offer, Backpacking Virginia provides all the information necessary for beginner and experienced backpackers alike to enjoy hiking destinations from Cumberland Gap in southwest Virginia to the New River Valley, the heart of the Blue Ridge, and Shenandoah National Park, and all the way out to the Atlantic coast. With expert guidance anyone can use, Johnny Molloy encourages a wide range of nature lovers to give backpacking a try, perhaps for the first time, in scenic natural settings. Molloy provides helpful tips for gear and enjoying life on the trail, "best-of" lists to help you choose an excursion, and detailed route information to guide you along the way. Backpacking Virginia has all the essentials for planning your trip, whether a quick overnight getaway or a multiday adventure: - More than 650 miles of trails for beginners and expert backpackers alike - Helpful overviews to introduce each route 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 backpacking with children - Canine-friendly trails for your furry companions - Detailed trail maps and GPS guidance for each trip - Estimated hike times, elevation change, and level of difficulty - Camping permit requirements