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Product Details

  • Series: America's Best Day Hiking
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (October 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880119012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880119016
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""""The most detailed hiking guide to Hoosier trails imaginable. An excellent guide."""David MannweilerBook Editor, Indianapolis Star """An incredible amount of useful information packed into a clear, readable, and entertaining format. Helpful for people just out for a day stroll as well as serious trekkers. It lets you pinpoint hikes that would be of particular interest to you. Detailed descriptions of trails makes this book much more helpful than more general travel guides. The large format and easy-to-read maps make finding your way a pleasure for armchair travelers as well as day hikers."""Lynn HollandProfessional freelance writer and editorFormer editor of the Lafayette, IN, Leader "

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"The most detailed hiking guide to Hoosier trails imaginable. An excellent guide."
David Mannweiler
Book Editor, Indianapolis Star

"An incredible amount of useful information packed into a clear, readable, and entertaining format. Helpful for people just out for a day stroll as well as serious trekkers. It lets you pinpoint hikes that would be of particular interest to you. Detailed descriptions of trails makes this book much more helpful than more general travel guides. The large format and easy-to-read maps make finding your way a pleasure for armchair travelers as well as day hikers."
Lynn Holland
Professional freelance writer and editor
Former editor of the Lafayette, IN, Leader


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hiking Indiana is an organized guide to finding your way around on foot. When I opened Hiking Indiana, the first surprise was its "workbook" format - the pages are perforated on the edge to be torn out and packed. It's really a book to be used and become as worn out as a hiker after a good day on the trails. The first pages include a Trail Finder chart and a state map with numbers matching the table of contents that is organized by North, Central and South regions of the state. There are 45 parks or cities as chapters that include several Trail Sites and Trails. Park Facilities are shown by key icons, miles listed and Trail Difficulty Rating that is shown by 1 boot for easiest and 5 for most difficult trails. The chart also shows Terrain/Landscape with checkmarks for hills, prairie/grass, forest, lake, wetlands, overlook and river/stream. I was also surprised to see historic trails and city trails such as Madison's Historic District Walking Tour, Columbus' Architecture Walk, and Indianapolis' Canal Walk and Eagle Creek Bird Sanctuary Loop. There's even a canoe trail for those, as they said, with extra hour to give feet a rest. There are maps of parks and trails, but you'll need your atlas or state road map to get to the site. The narrative is an easy read and informative. Sally McKinney includes cautions, such as the trail goes through remote, forested hill country and to let park officials know when you leave and expect to return, to check back in or park officials may go looking for you. Another caution is when you have to walk through shallow water - a creek without a bridge, and which trails to watch for plenty of droppings from waterfowl. Hiking Indiana throws in tidbits on the state's history.Read more ›
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed. A large part of this book draws on the Indiana state park system. Granted, the parks have some wonderful trails, but trail maps are distributed when you enter the parks. This book gives you little of the adventurous or out-of-the-way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William A. Langland on April 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have lived in Indiana for 16 yrs and have walked,hiked and horseback rode all the popular spots. This book has already found me a ton of new exciting places to go!
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By Steven J. Lundin on October 15, 2010
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There have been so many changes since this book was published in 2000: trails extended - gps capabilities (which did exist then however coordinates aren't cited) - trails closed. This book is a starting point for hiking in Indiana. Yes - it's great that it indicates where things are - but guidance once you get there is a little lacking.

Needs an update for GPS - and a revisit to all the locations - frankly she she make this into an ebook.
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I checked this out of the library hoping to find some interesting and challenging places to hike with my sons, but as another reviewer wrote, it's mostly a rehash of what you can find on the DNR site. This book would be OK for those that still aren't on the internet or those that want very simple and short dayhikes (only 2 trails listed are over 4 miles one way).

What I found quite disappointing was the fact that several trail reviews were not complete because the author only went part of the way because of conditions, weather or remaining daylight. Why would you include a trail if you weren't willing to go back to do a complete review? That leads me to think that either she was stretching to come up with 100 (several excellent choices were left out) or there was a deadline she couldn't meet.

I also checked out Indiana Best Hikes, and the first 25 pages suggest it is far superior to this one.
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