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Day and Overnight Hikes: Shenandoah National Park Paperback – May 28, 2007
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“…sharp trail directions.” Bristol Herald Courier
From the Back Cover
Author Johnny Molloy will help you free both your mind and body by introducing you to more than 30 day hikes and 10 overnight hikes in the park. Some classic hikes, such as Hawksbill and Whiteoak Canyon, are included, but most hikes will steer you off the beaten path where you'll find more solitude and infrequently visited sights.
Each trail description offers commentary on what to expect along the way and rates each hike for: scenery, trail condition, difficulty, solitude, accessibility for children.
Easily carried in your pocket, this book provides directions to over 40 of the best day and overnight hikes in Shenandoah National Park. The exceptional beauty and peace of mind found on these hikes just can't be experienced from a climate-controlled automobile!
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book seems as good as the fisrt Johnny Molloy book I purchased. I have not been to SHenandoah to try it out yet but his book on the Smoky Mountains is fabulous and this book... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by eric cutlip
This book appears to be a well organized book (I haven't actually done more than flip through it thus far), but it's lacking one thing. Single night hikes. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by Brian "from CT"
I had high hopes for this guide, but the most important information that such a book should impart is unambiguous directions. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by MaybeMaybeNot