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About the Author

Peter J. Barr, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the director for the North Carolina chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association, a group of enthusiasts who restore and protect lookout towers nationwide. A member of the Carolina Mountain Club, Barr lives in Concord, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John F Blair Pub (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895873567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895873569
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Zachary G. Robbins on June 4, 2013
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I was wary of buying this, simply because I already own 4 other hiking books from NC. But I saw the review from David Miller (AT thru hike author) and he loved how well written this book is. It is better than any hiking book I own in terms of information, although I have only used it twice for hiking purposes because many of the lookout towers are very far from me. It contains a history of every tower, along with directions for driving and hiking, and arguably the best part which is what you will see. Unlike most hiking books, the history and geography is more thorough and interesting in this book. I can't wait to actually some of the towers and hikes I had no clue about.
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Peter Barr has done an outstanding job in combining fire lookout towers, their history, and their current status along with the traditional hiking information. Lots of maps and photos! Peter brings out the plight of the abandoned historic structures and makes a plea for help in saving them! This is a great book for anyone hiking in Western North Carolina or anyone wanting to go there. Even if you hadn't particularly wanted to go there, if you're interested in lookouts and hiking, "Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers" will make you want to! A must for fire lookout enthusiasts or anyone interested in learning more about them!
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Lookout towers used to be places where rangers could view the forests and spot any problems. Today, they are open to anyone who wishes to visit them. "Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers" is a guide for hikers who want to put a destination into their hikes that ends with a great view of the surrounding landscape. An ideal pick for any hiking enthusiast, "Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers" is highly recommended for community library travel collections.
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I have read the previous reviews of this book and just want cast my 5 star vote. This book is extremely well organized and written. Each chapter has pictures, driving directions, hiking directions, GPS coordinates and maps. What impressed me most was each fire tower chapter has a section titled "The View". So instead of visiting a tower and admiring, often spectacular, views Barr describes in detail what one is seeing in each direction. Names of mountain ranges and mountains within each range are given together with distance and elevation. Who knew that the Blue Ridge mountains consisted of so many ranges--the Cheoah's, the Balsams, the Cowee's, the Blacks, etc? So those endless ridges of beauty are mountain ranges! This book is a must read for anyone wishing to visit and especially hike the North Carolina fire towers.
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This is an awesome book for anyone who loves firetowers and big views in the rugged mountains of North Carolina. Peter tells how to find all the towers in the book, their access, and even describes their history - not to mention telling you what you can expect to see from each tower. Highly recommended if you hike in North Carolina.
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