- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; 4 edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561455849
- ISBN-13: 978-1561455843
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 7.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Atlanta Walks: A Comprehensive Guide to Walking, Running, and Bicycling the Area's Scenic and Historic Locales Paperback – September 1, 2011
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About the Author
Ren Davis holds degrees from Emory University and Tulane University. He has written articles for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Journal, Atlanta Magazine, and Tennis and is also a consultant in health policy and bioethics. He lives in Georgia.
Helen Davis holds degrees from Ohio State University and Georgia State University. She has taught in the Atlanta public schools since 1980. She lives in Georgia.
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My concern about coverage is that, like many books about Atlanta, this book ins strongly central-to-north oriented. East and south Atlanta are covered in only a token fashion. Unfortunately, that means that a number of historic districts and interesting areas don't appear. Clarkston, for example (my neighborhood) crosses the PATH, and has some beautiful old architecture and a vibrant international population. Only a few miles away lies Pine Lake, once a quirky summer retreat for Atlantans, and now its own city and a haven of individuality. (In fact, the south and east is largely left out of the book.) And what about the pathways around Mercer University? Every other major university is mentioned here, but not Mercer. As someone who lives in the eastern part of the greater Atlanta area, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of coverage of my area; I was hoping for more.
One other area that I found lacking was that there was no information about whether dogs were welcome in any of the park areas. Some walks, such as the trip to the Stone Mountain summit, forbid dogs, and it would be a real shame to plan out a walk based on this book and not be able to go. This information would be of particular importance to people who are walking and exploring solo ... for many reasons, having another person with you is good, and, failing that, a dog or two always makes for good companionship as well as safety. This is a minor consideration -- many of the walks are in city neighborhoods where well behaved (well picked up after!) dogs are fine. Moreover, as a couple the Davises likely have never had to walk solo, and they may simply not have thought of including info for dog owners or may have decided that information changed too rapidly to include it. All the same, as someone who would never consider going on a hike without her dogs, I found the lack noticeable.
Despite these two caveats, this remains an excellent book, and I look forward to many more hikes :)