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Best of the AT: DH

Your Comprehensive Guide to the Appalachian Trail’s Best Day Hikes


From Maine to Georgia, the nearly 2,200-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail is an iconic destination. But not everyone is able to take six months to hike the entirety of the trail. Best of the Appalachian Trail: Day Hikes by Leonard M. Adkins and Frank and Victoria Logue is the perfect solution to experiencing the wonder of the A.T. without the commitment of a thru-hike.

Summit the iconic Katahdin in Maine, explore Pennsylvania’s Chimney Rocks, splash in Tennessee’s Laurel Fork Gorge and Falls, and find out where Blood Mountain gets its name. The book details 144 hikes in each of the 14 states that the Appalachian Trail passes through; previews the flora, fauna, and history of the A.T.; and offers point-by-point descriptions of each hike with trailhead directions. Hikes range in length from less than 1 mile to 11 miles.

Best of the Appalachian Trail: Day Hikes
by Leonard M. Adkins & Frank and Victoria Logue

ISBN 978-1-63404-145-4
Menasha Ridge Press, August 2018, $18.95

About the Authors

 Leonard M. Adkins has been intimately involved with the Appalachian Trail for several decades. He has hiked its full length five times and lacks just a few hundred miles to complete it for a sixth. Leonard is the author of 20 books on travel and the outdoors. His The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor’s Companion received the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. Along with this thru-hiking wife, Laurie, he lives in Virginia, within easy striking distance of the A.T.

Frank and Victoria Logue hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 1988, and they have returned again and again to hike its many sections on day and overnight hikes. Frank has also served on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Board of Managers. The Logues live in Georgia, where Frank works as an Episcopal priest and an assistant to the Bishop of Georgia. Victoria continues to write, working on both nonfiction and fiction.

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