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  • Series: Southern Gateways Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807871834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807871836
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Miller's work doesn't disappoint. He provides necessary information for beginner and experienced backpackers alike."
-Sierra Magazine Green Life blog

"Miller's one- to two-page descriptions of the trails are invaluable firsthand impressions, and they really bring the trails to life. . . . This is an excellent guide for backpackers of all skill levels. Even experienced hikers will appreciate the way Miller captures the personality of these trails."
-Library Journal

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Miller brings us the first-ever stand-alone guidebook to backpacking in North Carolina, a state long known as a terrific backpacking destination. Covering 43 of the best trips the state has to offer, Backpacking North Carolina provides all the information necessary for beginning and experienced backpackers alike to enjoy hiking destinations from the mountains to the coast.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TrvlJohn on October 5, 2011
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I bought this book after buying another book by Joe Miller on NC Hiking trails. Both are excellent resources. This book focuses more on the western part of the state, but that is because most of the really good backpacking opportunities are located in that area. This book is good for beginners and experiences pros. Each trail has info on available water and campsites.
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By Kevin Berry on September 2, 2013
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Great resource for hiking and camping in NC. Trying to find a website with all this info was very difficult, looking forward to using this book during the fall.
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By Pierre Lourens on December 28, 2012
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I picked this book up at my local library because scouring the internet for decent 2-3 day trips on the internet can be a frustrating endeavor. I was glad to see that some trips I know and love (Grandfather Mountain, Max Patch area, Shining Rock, etc.) were included, as well as some others that I didn't know. This book is great for brainstorming ideas for where to do a loop-trip with some buddies instead of blindly searching on the internet. After that, make sure to get topos, a Nat Geo map for your region, check weather reports, and plan, plan, plan.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By krista on August 15, 2012
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I'm honestly not a huge fan of this book, because it contributed to me spending a night shivering under a log in the rain.

A lot of the blame lies with me, in that I should have made better decisions before setting out on the "day-hike" and I probably should have called around asking for trail info on the route (which if anyone is concerned is Hunt Fish Falls (I think trip nine in the book).

While the Hike in is pretty much exactly as explained, the day hikes miss out on some pretty important information. Trails either aren't where the book indicates they are (either through not being maintained, or they just aren't routed the way the guidebook indicates). For one example, in this particular trip, a trail is shown as going from the Lost Cove Trailhead (above gragg prong falls) to roughly halfway between Lost Cove Creek and Bee Mountain on the Timber ridge trail. Unfortunately, the trail actually joins Timber ridge at the summit of Bee Mountain.

While ultimately I'm responsible for myself, It was disappointing to find the book so far off the mark of reality. If other backcountry beginners pick up this book, take it with a grain of salt, and research local trail conditions before you head out.
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