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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Atlanta: Including Marietta, Lawrenceville, and Peachtree City Paperback – July 28, 2008
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Cons/Wishes for change:
Directions - they are sparse sometimes, and a few times just plain wrong. Confusing left for right on major turns, or leaving out a major turn have been a few of my experiences. While often correct, I've learned to bring along another map. It would be great if they could *consistently* mention parking fees as part of the directions. Often, the fees are noted in the body of the text.
Other minor negatives: The authors note some distant hikes - like the New Echota Trail, which is 1.9 miles and probably a good 2 hours to get to, but offer no other hikes in that area. It is difficult for me to believe there are no other hikes in the Echota area (N. Georgia Mtns) and a waste of time to drive that far for a 1.9 mile walk.
I would also love to see the authors note when there are many more trails in the area. Many of the Chatahoochee hikes are filled with additional trails in the same park area, and others have none nearby at all. When I come across extra trails, I like to explore those as well, and it would be nice to have a heads up about when to leave extra time, and when the walk will be only the trails noted.
On the otherhand, this book also stretches the definition of hiking. A walk through the seediest parts of Atlanta may be an adventure but it is not a hike. Going to the zoo is not a hike. Centennial Park is not a hike.
Looking through the book, you can really get a feel for the number of interesting places to visit in the area. Basically, anywhere you travel, you'll be able to find a local trail to explore. The information appeared to be detailed enough too.
However, that's about where the usefulness of the book ends. We have now covered about 10 of the trails in the book, and as others have said, the information the book provides is far from accurate.
For example, this past weekend we decided on Three Forks Loop Trail as a day trip (we live about 60 miles south).
First, the directions. They were mainly accurate here, but confusing for those not from the area. Many of the roads they claim to be unmarked are actually well marked (with more than one sign, even), while others they don't mention are unmarked, and assume that you know what they are. For instance, they note seeing signs for the parks area, but don't tell you to turn at the sign (we had to backtrack about a mile). Also, they make no mention of FS 42 being a quite daunting, one-car-at-a-time dirt road trek up the side of a mountain, best suited for 4x4 vehicles (not the Ford Focus we drove in). Also, they claim the drive on FS 42 is 6.5 miles to the parking lot, when in reality it is just over 8 miles. Again, a small oversight, but made us question whether we should turn back. This happened earlier as well (a described 22.6 mile drive was actually close to 26 miles).
Once on the trail, the descriptions are accurate, but they don't seem to follow any order. They describe going down 10 log steps before hitting an intersection.Read more ›
One of my goals this year was to get in better shape and be more active. I've always enjoyed hiking and history as well as finding new places and Atlanta is a gold mine for all of these things. After reading several reviews for different hiking books I ordered 60 Hikes.
It's a great guide and I've set a goal to hike every trail in the book, I've got 6 out of 60 so far. The book has a directory of trails by location and also by type of hike - short, long, easy, child-friendly, good for wildlife viewing, etc. You also get a simple map at an "At-A-Glance" overview of each trail with info like distance, difficulty, trail type and any costs associated with parking and/or usage of the trails.
There are a few minor issues with the book.
- Some info on costs is out-of-date
- Many trails don't match the listed mileage or are difficult to follow on the correct path with the info provided.
- They list UTM trailhead coordinates, these are either off all together or do not convert accurately to Lat/Lon.
Overall this is a great book but could do with an update on some of the info. I'm glad I purchased it and would recommend it to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great presentation of local hikes. I checked this book out from the library and decided it was a keeper. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy
I bought this book looking to find places to walk and hike near and in Atlanta. This is book is full of hikes and parks I had no idea existed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Melissa
I bought this book as a gift for someone, so I don't have a personal account of how they like it yet. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Angela Fuller
This book has become a constant resource for my weekends. I love how it is categorized several different ways to customize a hike by mood (traffic, distance, scenery). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Darcy E. Miller
Upon initial review of this book, the inside cover has a handy map of Atlanta and the surrounding areas. Read morePublished 21 months ago by James M Steele