The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail

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Rizzoli International Publications
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10.04 X 10.73 X 1.39 inches | 4.48 pounds

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About the Author

A former news reporter, Brian King has been a senior staff member at the ATC since 1987, and his knowledge of A.T. history is encyclopedic. Bill Bryson, whose sense of humor is wicked and legendary, is the best-selling author of A Walk in the Woods, which recounts his attempt to thru-hike the A.T. and is the basis of a forthcoming (2015) movie starring Robert Redford.


2013 National Outdoor Book Award Winner
"The Appalachian Trail is one of the finest achievements in our nation's outdoor history--and this new lavish book is the perfect testament to that achievement. It also celebrates an important milestone: a birthday! The trail is now a healthy 75 years old. Done in large format, coffee table style, it consists of a series of essays and is packed full of inspiring photography--contemporary and historical. The finishing touch to this already outstanding volume is tucked inside the back cover: a fold-out map of the entire Appalachian Trail." National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation

FEATURED BOOK: If you read only one book about the A.T. and its history, this is the one to choose...a book to read and treasure, even if you do keep it on your coffee table. He has brought 75 years of A.T. history to life in amazing detail, and--with his exceptional skill--made it exciting and readable. You'll learn about the lives of historic A.T. figures, including some very interesting details you won't find in any other book. Even if you've been involved with the A.T. for many years and think you know it all, I believe you'll discover something new in Brian's text. Whatever you pay, it's a 'priceless' book!"

"Fall is the ultimate hiking season--and the perfect time to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail is part history lesson, part inspirational photo album and part practical travel guide. Fortunately, there's a removable map so you don't have to squeeze a coffee-table into your pack." The Wall Street Journal

"As the only illustrated book published with the Appalachian Trail Conservatory, THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL is a true token. Including more than 300 spectacular photographs, essays on trail experiences and an official full-size map of the entire trail, your next holiday is likely to be inspired by this captivating book." The -- The Essential Guide for Men

"Not only does it contain 336 pages of history, documents and essays, but the book has over 300 gorgeous photos. I mean take-your-breath-away beautiful pictures! It is a very nicely put together book." Snug Harbor Bay

"Even if you've been reading on iPads, iPhones, and other devices, you need to touch, handle, and turn the pages of this book. For all those with holiday lists, your problem is solved. Give this book to a hiker, trail maintainer, historian, environmentalist, or photographer." Carolina Mountain Club

"This remarkable collection of historical information, old and new photos, anecdotes, and essays covering day-to-day hiking experiences is bound to entice the reader into finding the nearest trailhead for some late fall hiking. Its publication celebrates the Appalachian Trail's 75th anniversary. One will be amazed (and tempted to say 'let's go there right now') when viewing the more than 230 full-page color photographs of sights along the trail from Georgia to the top of Maine. Each state has its own section of photos." Vermont Country Sampler

"Anyone who cherishes America's natural beauty will swoon over this gorgeous book detailing the history and sights of the iconic 75-year-old hiking trail, which runs through 14 states, from Maine to Georgia. Included is a National Park Service map of the entire 2,000-mile path." Parade Magazine