"The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most popular gateway to our cherished mountains. Randy Johnson has given us the fullest account and most helpful guide to that lofty open road." --Robert Morgan, author of The New York Times best-seller, Gap Creek
"The definitive guide for Parkway hikers." --Harley E. Jolley, historian and author of The Blue Ridge Parkway
From the Back Cover
Stop your car, lace up your boots, and experience the best trails in the national forests, state parks, and private preserves that line the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the southern end of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, this single-volume solution for the serious explorer points the way to the best of the 469-mile Parkway's outdoor experiences. Author and trail designer Randy Johnson leads you past historic homesteads and landmark sites, through multiday explorations of isolated wilderness enclaves, and up to some of the East's highest peaks, offering insights into Southern Appalachia's unique cultural heritage and showcasing the natural beauty that makes this scenic roadway a historical and national treasure.
Inside you'll find: in-depth descriptions with difficulty ratings and detailed directions; more than 70 detailed topographic trail maps; a complete Parkway mileage log to all overlooks and waysides, entrances and exits, interpretive sites, visitor centers, craft shops, dozens of descriptive photographs, and easy "leg-stretcher" trails.
No matter what your skill level or abilities, Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway is an indispensable resource to the most heavily visited unit of the National Park system and a portal to the Southern Appalachian experience.