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3000 Miles in the Great Smokies (Narrative Histories) Paperback – September 10, 2009


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  • Series: Narrative Histories
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (September 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596297514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596297517
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chip Biernbaum on September 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are lots of books out there about the Smoky Mountains and the Southern Blue Ridge in general. They focus on beautiful photographs, history, regional attractions, or some combination thereof. Bill Hart's book is different. He has spent a lifetime hiking these mountains and their hollows and splashing through and fishing its streams. And he shares his experiences of these "3,000 miles" in this book.

When I finished the book, I thought about what major things I might want to share with potential readers. Two things jumped out at me. First, the book has wonderful personal stories. Second, more than any other book about this region that I've read, it captures the wonder, the awe, the special feeling of contentment that I remember experiencing on Southern Blue Ridge trails. It may be because I've come across a quiet glen of tall trees with a ground covered with beautiful ferns or flowering Trillium, or suddenly having a clear, expansive view of the mountains when the trail opens up at an overlook. This book captures that feeling.

Among the stories Bill shares are those involving unusual folks he's met, interactions with a variety of animals, potentially dangerous or frustrating trail experiences, the history of many locales within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the joy of trout fishing. His writing is eloquent, but not flowery -- like someone who's rocking next to you some evening on the porch of a mountain cabin simply telling you his experiences hiking the mountains. It is funny, scary, informative, inspiring ... and always interesting. Quite frankly, it made me very envious, both of Bill and of his family of fellow hikers.
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Bill Hart really knows the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He's been hiking the trails in the Park for decades.
And his great book shows it. In its own quiet way, the book tells about Hart's personal journey through the mountains
as soon as he could hike.
Read it to give you inspiration to hike. Read it in your tent as you look out on a stream or mountains
and give it to others and tell them to get down here.
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