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Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Virginia Mountains (Longstreet Highroad Guides) Paperback – October 2, 2001


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With these three guidebooks to the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, the publisher launches a series that promises to include Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Adirondacks in the near future. Focusing on the flora, fauna, and geology of each region, these books present a wealth of natural history information in an intelligent text accompanied by beautiful etchings and helpful maps. Parks, trails, and other natural attractions are highlighted, and appendixes include conservation organizations, bibliographies, events, and outfitters. These handsome guides will appeal to any adventurer exploring the mountains on foot or by bike, by canoe or car. Highly recommended for natural history, recreation, or regional collections.?Pamela W. Bellows, Northwestern Connecticut Community Technical Coll. Lib., Winstead
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Nature writer Deane Winegar and Times Dispatch sports columnist Garvey Winegar have compiled another outstanding guide, Highroad Guide to the Virginia Mountains. Mountain visitors and climber will find every kind of helpful information they seek listed here, arranged by areas broken down by maps that are clear even to novices. -- Times Dispatch, March 22, 1998

The authors have a supremely useful book here, and we do not hesitate to recommend it. -- Washington Times, April 8, 1998
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Product Details

  • Series: Longstreet Highroad Guides
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (October 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563524627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563524622
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Deane Dozier (formerly Deane Winegar) has been photographing and writing about Virginia and Virginians since 1970, painting canvases with light, color and words to depict nature, animals, and people. She has worked for the Waynesboro New-Virginian (reporter and photographer), the Charlottesville Daily Progress (bureau chief) and the Richmond Times-Dispatch (outdoor writing and photography). Her photography decorates walls of homes and offices, and the virtual walls of the World Wide Web. Her comprehensive outdoor guidebooks help natives and visitors find their way around the mountains, the Piedmont and the Chesapeake Bay. She is in the process of writing an introduction for a book of panoramic photographs about Virginia's natural beauty.

After a dozen years of selling her books and photography at art shows up and down the East coast, Deane pulled up tent stakes and made her pictures and books available in gift shops and by viewing them on her website at http://deanescreativearts.com. A popular spin-off of her photography is the creation of slideshows put to music for family events.

Deane also is a consultant and coder of the Adult Attachment Interview used in psychology research. Contact her through her website, http://aaicoding.com

Deane lives in the Blue Ridge on the southern end of Shenandoah National Park, near Waynesboro, Virginia, with park deer and bear as her closest neighbors.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is not only great to use, it's terrific and fun to read. It is so complete and includes great maps that are easy to understand and use. We like having the bota nical names of plants as well as common names presented. The writers know their stuff. We highly recommend this book. It's well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Castle on February 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I like this guide as an introduction to the many scenic mountains of Virginia. The material is well organized and concise with very good directions to reach the described locations. A unique feature of this book is the considerable attention, as well as a considerable portion of the book, devoted to the flora and fauna of various regions. Depending upon your specific interests, this may be enlightening or of passing interest.

The maps are not very detailed and the few photographs are of little value but these are not the focus of the book and can be attained elsewhere.

Overall, a good resource if you plan to spend time in the mountains of Virginia, especially for day hikes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Charnock on September 27, 2010
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The writers enthusiastically and appreciatively take the reader on a Lewis & Clark expedition through the Virginia mountains and plateaus. Coupled with that, the book serves as an advertising brochure for state parks, events, trails and trailheads (you need them), camping equipment, the nearest town, telephone numbers, driving directions and other helpful suggestions. Of added interest is the real-life historical connections of many of the areas covered.

Personally, as a novice biker, I would have liked the index to have mentioned some of the biking trails--although in the body of the book, biking is given a passing mention on appropriate trails.

Unless one is interested in Latin, the additional erudite name for things (flora and fauna) are of little interest to the average reader.

As one plods or races through the book, one is slowed by interesting facts that the average Joe doesn't know: The hemlock tree--a hardwood I often use in my work--is under assault by an insect? The northern "flying" squirrel is threatened? Many of the U.S. freshwater mussels (similar to clams and oysters) are in Virginia--due to the Tennessee River--and they are endangered? And so the discoveries continue.

Appendix C is a valuable list of Virginia mountain events that would interest many tourists. And if you want to be suitably outfitted for hiking, see Appendix D.

This is a very detailed book, but the writing is almost conversational. Because it's not a novel, you can skip portions and still learn a lot.
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