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Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Georgia Mountains (Longstreet Highlands Innactive Series) Paperback – March 28, 1998
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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
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Detailed trail maps and pen-and-ink drawings of area flora and fauna for the traveler who likes to get off the main drag. -- Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 10, 1998
This comprehensive guide brings together the natural history and features of the mountains in a format that is easy to use and packed with detailed information. If hiking isn't your idea of fun, the mountains also offer great fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and horseback riding. Literally hundreds of getaway ideas are included here -- Tennessean, March 15, 1998
This is a fantastic book, revealing secret places and hideaways known previously only to those who live in, or have spent lifetimes exploring the hilly regions of the upstate -- The Augusta Chronicle, March 1, 1998
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The major problem with the book is that it is sometimes vague as to "how to get there." A generic map gets you within a quarter mile or so, but the exact location of the trailhead may not be given, leading a hiker to wander along a road looking for evidence. Don't get me wrong, I love this book. It has more trails than Homan's Hiking Trails of North Georgia and Pfister's Hiking Georgia and many of Brown's are different from the two previously mentioned books.
If you love to canoe, this is a great addition to your library. Fred is right on the money in many cases. For example, when talking about the Chattahoochee River he gives two great put-ins that are under-used and one take out that should be avoided and he is dead on with all three. He also gives info on canoeing the Toccoa, Chattooga and Etowah Rivers, but don't run the Chattooga based solely on his description. There is a more detailed book available by Brian Boyd.
Occasionally Fred bends the political boundaries of the state, briefly going into North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama, but the relatively small ventures outside the state make sense because the areas are geophysically related. For example, why cover the fifty miles of Lookout Mountain in Georgia and leave out the last mile overlooking Chattanooga, Tennessee? Besides, they have some great hiking there.