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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Atlanta: Including Marietta, Lawrenceville, and Peachtree City Paperback – July 28, 2008

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"To help take the sweat out of finding a trail near you...buy one of the "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles" guidebooks."--"Newsweek" (praise for the series)

About the Author

Georgia hikers since 1980, Randy and Pam Golden moved to the Atlanta area from Orlando in 1984. Besides hiking, they love animals and outdoor adventure. They began writing about the trails they hike on for About North Georgia (ngeorgia.com) in 1995 and started their own Web site in 1998, GeorgiaTrails.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; 2nd edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897326733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897326735
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I moved to Atlanta last fall, and bought this book after looking at the (limited) options available to me at the local bookstores. Its a decent book - some nice places to explore in the Atlanta area. Pros - they go into detail about the history of the hike and offer lots of landmarks so you know where you are. (Not that I often read them!) Good amount of general information so one can determine what it will be like. I would agree with another reviewer that many of the "hikes" aren't actually hikes. I don't really count anything paved as a hike, honestly, but that that said, they are good ideas for outings.

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.
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60 miles as the crow flies. Some of these hikes can take you hours to get to due to winding forest roads.

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.
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My girlfriend bought this book at a random trip to a bookstore, as we had hiked a couple trails in our area (Kennesaw Mtn, Silver Comet) and were looking to expand our travels.

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.
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The Goldens have done as much as anyone to encourage people to get out in front of their TVs and out on hiking trails. Thousands of Atlantans should buy this book and make an effort to get out on as many hiking trails as possible. This book makes that happen. It is concise and well researched and encourages outdoors enthusiasts to try hiking in new places.
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*** There is an updated version of the book available since I wrote this review. ***

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.
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