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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 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 ( in 1995 and started their own Web site in 1998,
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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mary G, on June 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry B. Ray Jr. on April 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
My girlfriend and I have been using this book for a couple of years now to pick out hikes around Atlanta. It's a good resource for finding hikes that we might not otherwise know about, but it seems to fall down when you try to use it for specific details.

As others have noted, some of the driving directions are off by a mile or more, which can be disconcerting when driving into an unfamiliar area. But the narrative descriptions of the hikes are often lacking in detail. For example, the description might say something like "start at the trailhead, and then the trail turns left," but it doesn't mention the distance between those points, so you're left to wonder if you're where you think you are in the description.

We tried to hike the Arabia/Bradley Mountain trail with the book today, but failed pretty miserably. Part of the fault is with the trail itself, which is well-marked to the top of Bradley mountain, and apparently totally unmarked beyond that point. But even following the description and the (too simple to be of anything more than basic guidance) trail map in the book, we got completely off track and ended up wandering around for an hour on Arabia Mountain trying to pick up the trail that was supposedly on all three sides of the mountain near the tree line. We finally just gave up and backtracked the way we came, having never found the trail.

In short, use the book for ideas on where to go hike, but use other sources for trail details, and don't even think about relying on the descriptions in the book to follow a trail that's not very obviously marked.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Tardelli on September 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DannyBoy on February 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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