An indispensable resource for anyone who uses the Parkway―America’s most heavily visited unit of the National Park system―as a portal to the Southern Appalachian experience. Including the best trails in the national forests, state parks, and private preserves that line the 469-mile scenic road, this is a single-volume solution for the serious explorer, whether on foot or in a car.
With the arrival of its seventy-fifth anniversary, there has never been a better time to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. This updated edition of Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway is ideal for anyone who uses the Parkway as a portal to the Southern Appalachian experience. It includes the best trails in the national forests, state parks, and private preserves that line the 469-mile roadway—from the southern end of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina—making it a single-volume solution for the serious explorer, whether on foot or by car.
Look inside to find:
- Hikes suited to every ability, from 0.1-mile nature walks to 13-mile backpacks, with options for longer treks
- Accurate directions to both popular and less-traveled trails
- Up-to-date trail descriptions and detailed trail maps
- Difficulty ratings and elevation gain for each hike
- Mileage log for the entire Parkway and a guide to wildflowers
- Tips for zero-impact hiking, trail etiquette, and hiking with kids