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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson has made a living out of traveling, and then writing about it. In A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson tackles what is, for him, an entirely new subject: the American wilderness. Accompanied only by his old college buddy Stephen Katz, Bryson starts out one March morning in north Georgia, intending to walk the entire 2,100 miles to trail's end atop Maine's Mount Katahdin. If nothing else, A Walk in the Woods is proof positive that the journey is the destination. As Bryson and Katz haul their out-of-shape, middle-aged butts over hill and dale, the reader is treated to both a very funny personal memoir and a delightful chronicle of the trail, the people who created it, and the places it passes through. Whether you plan to make a trip like this one yourself one day or only care to read about it, A Walk in the Woods is a great way to spend an afternoon. 469 pages. Hardcover. Amazon.com

 

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Walking North, by Mic Lowther
Walking North is a story of discovery, of realizations about the natural world that come slowly, gradually, to one who doesnít even know he is looking for anything. Mic and Jerianne Lowther, with their ten-year-old daughter, Kyra, start optimistically one first day of spring to walk from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail, a distance of more than two thousand miles, following the crest of the Appalachian Mountains. 367 pages. Paperback. Amazon.com

 

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The Thru-Hikerís Handbook 2002: Guide to the Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) , by Dan Wingfoot Bruce
A guide to hiking the Appalachian Trail. 180 pages. Paperback. Amazon.com

 

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The Appalachian Trail: Calling Me Back to the Hills, by Earl Shaffer and Bart Smith
In 1948, young war veteran Earl Shaffer did what many people said couldn't be done: He trekked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Main in one sting - walking into the history books as the trail's first solo thru-hiker. And in 1998, on the 50th anniversary of that hike, the 79-year-old Shaffer did it again. Now a legend, Shaffer recalls his anniversary trip and pays homage to the Appalachian Trail through his own prose and poetry, enhanced by Bart Smith's stunning photographs. From its southern terminus near the sparkling Amicalola Falls in Georgia to the magnificent Mount Katahdin in Main more than 2,000 miles to the north, join Shaffer and Smith on their amazing journeys along the Appalachian Trail. 128 pages. Hardcover. Amazon.com

 

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Appalachian Trail Guide to Maine: Includes Books and Maps, by Susan and Dean Cilley
Official guidebook and maps to the Appalachian Trail in Maine ó covering 281 miles from Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park to the New Hampshire line, packaged with 7 four-color topographical maps, with elevation profiles and trail descriptions. Published by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. 172 pages. Paperback. Amazon.com

 

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Appalachian Trail Data Book 2002, by Daniel Chazin
Twenty-fourth Edition, 2002. A consolidation of the most basic guidebook information into a lightweight table of distances between major Appalachian Trail shelters, road-crossings, and features. Updated late each year. 76 pages. Paperback. Amazon.com

 

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Walkiní on The Happy Side of Misery: A Slice of Life on the Appalachian Trail , by J.R. Tate
A well-written account of the authorís first thru-hike in 1990. 556 pages. Hardcover. Amazon.com

 

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A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail , by Jeff Alt
An adventurous, funny, and inspirational account of a man who had a dream of hiking the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail. He also had a brother with Cerebral Palsy. With a love for the outdoors and for his brother, Alt hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a fund raiser for the residential home where his brother resides. Alt inspired an annual walk that has raised almost $40,000 in conjunction with his hike. His story sheds light on the pursuit of a simpler life and will lift your mind, body, and spirit. 286 pages. Paperback. Amazon.com