Item description for North Carolina Hiking Trails, 4th (AMC Hiking Guide Series) by Allen De Hart, S. R. Kaura, Joaquim Filipe, John A. Brinkman, Joel M. Carp, M. H. Offord, Eric Kingson & Kevin Nowlan...
Meticulously researched and updated, this new edition of AMC's popular guide offers the most comprehensive trail information available for North Carolina hikers. With more than 1,000 trails covering 3,500 miles, North Carolina is a hiker's paradise, boasting an incredible variety of terrain for hikers of all ages, interests, and abilities. North Carolina Hiking Trails covers them all, with descriptions of everything from short family walks to long-distance treks. Hikers will find authoritative coverage of trails in national forests; national parks and refuges, state parks, forests, and historic sites; city and county parks; and private and college properties. Each trail description provides information about distance, difficulty, elevation, connecting trails, landmarks, scenery, and more. There is also information about trail access as well as nearby support services. Locator maps at the beginning of each chapter help readers quickly pinpoint trailhead locations for easy trip planning. Whether they are looking for a short excursion, a daylong adventure, or an overnight trip along the Appalachian Trail, North Carolina Hiking Trails is a must-have guide for hikers of all ages, abilities, and interests.
Special features include: Extensive trail notes for more than 1,000 trails covering 3,500 miles In-text locator maps for easy trip planning Trail distances and elevation change Notes on natural history Tips for trip planning, safety, and map and compass use Leave No Trace principles Appendices listing family day hikes, trails for people with disabilities, and long-distance hiking trails
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 5" Height: 6.75" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Appalachian Mountain Club Books
ISBN 1929173474 ISBN13 9781929173471 UPC 652932022959
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More About Allen De Hart, S. R. Kaura, Joaquim Filipe, John A. Brinkman, Joel M. Carp, M. H. Offord, Eric Kingson & Kevin Nowlan
Allen de Hart has been hiking, designing, constructing, maintaining, and writing about southeastern trails for more than sixty years. He is author of eleven guidebooks, including "Trails of Virginia" and "North Carolina Hiking Trails", and founder of the de Hart Botanical Gardens. De Hart is professor emeritus of history and cultural affairs adviser at Louisburg College in North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about North Carolina Hiking Trails, 4th (AMC Hiking Guide Series)?
The gold standard! Oct 28, 2007
I live in western North Carolina and have only used the book for the trails in this area. I hike several times per week and have found the 3rd edition and this book indespensible. This book is an exhaustive compendium of our trails and is very precise in it's directions. I have used Randy Johnson's book, James Bannon's book and the book published by the Great Smokey Mountains Natural History Association. For my purposes, Mr. de Hart's book is far superior. I think that the organization of the new edition is a great improvement. I can easily find trails in a particular area and decide from the book which is right for me on a given day. This is an excellent guide that has spent hundreds of miles in my pack.
A Major Disappointment Jul 30, 2006
As an avid New England hiker, I relied heavily on the AMC White Mountain guide when planning and going on hikes. I also used the AMC Massachusetts Trail guide and found it quite useful. I wish I could say the same about the North Carolina guide.
When I moved down to NC, the first thing I did was purchase the guide. I was excited to start planning trips to the Smokies and routes for the Southern 6ers. Unfortunatey, this book is of little use.
1) There are no maps. 2) It is simply just a list of trails - rather than a true guide book. 3) It is missing pages (skips 50 pages in the 300s) 4) Unless you are familiar with the area or have all your topo maps handy its very difficult to even think about crafting a route.
When I used my AMC White Mountain guide, I was able to select a region, then a peak/peaks and read about different routes to the summits. The trail descriptions were clear and it was very easy to choose between more scenic or less strenuous, etc. In the NC guide, this is nearly impossible. Nothing is organized in that manner. Instead it just lists all the trails in the various forests and gives a brief description.
A huge huge disappointment and a real blow to my view that the AMC gets things right.
An encyclopedia of trails--for all the bad and good Jun 2, 2005
I bought this book thinking that it would be a complete guide of trails throughout the state of North Carolina. By this, I mean that I hoped to use it for trails in the mountains as well as trails in the triangle.
This book does this much.
However, the reason for the low rating is that this book lacks "useability." By this, I mean that in spite of being very complete in terms of distance and elevation change, the book lacks terribly in the "useful" and "personal" aspects that I would hope to see in a guide (stuff like what to look for, where to go, what the nicer trails are, and what the best way to get to the trailhead may be, etc.). In all, it contains no useful maps to help guide the user.
I have used many guide books to help me through backpacking trips in the southeast, and this is by far the worst. Essentially, whereas I would typically carry both guide and a detailed topographical map to help me through my travels, I found that carrying this guide in addition to a map is simply redundant: All of the information I found in that book could be easily derived from a map (which is considerably easier to carry).
This book does not even help in trip planning.
The only good thing I found about this book is that thanks to its encyclopedic listing (it reads a lot like a phonebook), I found a few hiking trails near my home that I would otherwise never have known about.
If you're looking for a list of hiking trails, and little else, then this may be something for you (but a map is both cheaper and lighter).
If you're looking for a good all-around hiking guide that contains some maps and helpful information, then stay away from this one.