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Product Details

  • Series: Day and Overnight Hikes
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; 3rd edition (May 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897326342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897326346
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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: “…superior organization, format and maps. Particularly handy for planning purposes are elevation profiles for each path and a nifty graphic of key items such as scenery, highlights, suitability for kids and more. The Free Lance-Star

“…sharp trail directions.” Bristol Herald Courier


About the Author

Johnny Molloy is an outdoor writer who averages over 100 nights in the wild per year backpacking and canoe camping throughout the U.S. He has written numerous books and articles for magazines and websites.


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Johnny Molloy is a self-employed outdoor writer based in Johnson City, Tennessee. A Christian -- member of First Presbyterian Church, native Tennessean and free-market capitalist, he was born in Memphis and moved to Knoxville in 1980 to attend the University of Tennessee. It was in Knoxville where he developed his love of the natural world that has since become the primary focus of his life.
It all started on a backpacking foray into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That first trip, though a disaster, unleashed an innate love of the outdoors that has led to his averaging over 120 nights in the wild per year, over the past 25 years, backpacking and canoe camping throughout our country. Specifically, he has spent over 750 nights in the Smokies alone, where he cultivated his woodsmanship and expertise on those lofty mountains.
In 1987, after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics, he continued to spend an ever increasing time in the natural places, becoming more skilled in a variety of environments. Friends enjoyed his adventure stories, one even suggested he write a book. Soon he was parlaying his love of the outdoors into an occupation.
The results of his efforts are 45 books, including more in the works. Johnny also continually works on revising and updating his guides. Many are in their 4th or 5th edition. Molloy has also written numerous articles for magazines such as Backpacker and Sea Kayaker, and for Web sites, such as Away.com.
He also is a columnist and feature writer for his hometown newspaper, the Johnson City Press. He continues to write to this day and travel extensively to all four corners of the United States endeavoring in a variety of outdoor pursuits.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've hiked more than half of the day and overnight hikes listed in this book, usually the ones that offer the most solitude. I really enjoyed the way the author listed common variables such as length and difficulty, as well as more obsucre variables like solitude and trail condition (although trail condition can change quickly, so don't put too much weight on that variable). When it came to length and solitude level, I felt like the author was spot on. I had some minor disagreements with some difficulty levels, finding a few hikes to be slightly more difficult than listed.
In conjunction with the author's description and a detailed topo map, it was easy to follow the directions and find my way to an excellent water source and campsite every evening. After reading the route description I felt like I really knew what I was getting into, and there were no surprises.
I live in Arizona now and sorely miss my days hiking and backpacking in SNP. I'm buying the updated version of this book and planning to hike the area again in the fall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Onthetrail on February 8, 2012
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The book was what I was looking for. I am planning a loop hike in the spring and want to find one that I could do solo and safe. I think this book has helped me find a good trail.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eusebius on January 26, 2012
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The other reviews of this book are very positive, but for me, this book simply didn't cut it as a hiking guide. Pros, cons, and what resources you should use instead:

Pros:
The guide does introduce some off-the-beaten path areas of the park that many people don't visit, such as Lost Cliffs, Furnace Mountain, etc; the author is clearly knowledgeable about the park. The author also suggests creative ways to repackage popular hikes, such as doing Compton Peak from Jenkins Gap rather than Compton Gap, etc.

Cons:
For starters, this guide has poor maps. Many other hiking resources provide topographic maps to accompany trail descriptions; the trail maps in this book are fairly useless, as they give no information about the terrain on any given hike. There are also very poor trailhead directions; although many of the trailheads are stated to be at a certain gap or parking area, it would be much more helpful if milepost numbers on Skyline Drive were given, since Skyline Drive has very many gaps and parking areas and overlooks. Also, elevation gain is often not provided for many hikes. The hike times given by the author also tend to underestimate the amount of time necessary for these hikes- although certainly some hikers can hike 3 miles an hour in varied terrain, many can't, and it's irresponsible for the author of a guidebook such as this to suggest 3.5 hours for 9 mile hikes.

What's better?
Many things! For starters, Henry Heatwole's Guide to Shenandoah National Park; although it's no longer in print, you can find it online at <...>. Hiking Upward is another free online resource that gives you very good information about hiking in the park. The Falcon Guide to hiking in Shenandoah is okay, though not necessarily better than this guidebook.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian OSULLIVAN on October 3, 2008
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Good resource for planning hikes in SNP. Good maps & elevation profiles, although I wouldn't wander too far from Skyline Drive without a more detailed map like those offered by the Potomac Appalchian Trail Club.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penny E on February 29, 2012
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This is my second copy of this book, it has good description of the trails and other useful information. I like the rating scale in this one and feel so far it has been acurate.(I have done day and overnight hiking trails from this book) Would recomend this book to those looking for trails in the Shenandoah National Park. This book is broken down nicely by type of hike as well as region. Product delivered as described and on-time.
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