Hiking Trails Of The Great Smoky Mountains: Comprehensive Guide (Outdoor Tennessee Series)

Hiking Trails Of The Great Smoky Mountains: Comprehensive Guide (Outdoor Tennessee Series)

  • Publish Date: 2014-08-15
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Kenneth Wise
Univ Tennessee Press
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Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains is an essential guide to one of Americas most
breathtaking and rugged national parks. The second edition of this compellingly readable
and useful book is completely updated, giving outdoor enthusiasts the most current
information they need to explore this world-renowned wilderness.

Included here are facts on more than 125 official trails recognized by the Park Service.
Each one has its own setting, purpose, style, and theme, and author Kenneth Wise
describes them in rich and vivid detail. For every route, he includes a set of driving directions
to the trailhead, major points of interest, a schedule of distances to each one, a
comprehensive outline of the trails course, specifics about where it begins and ends, references
to the U.S. Geological Surveys quadrangle maps, and, when available, historical
anecdotes relating to the trail. His colorful descriptions of the areas awe-inspiring beauty
are sure to captivate even armchair travelers.

Organized by sections that roughly correspond to the seventeen major watersheds
in the Smokies, Wise starts in Tennessee and moves south into North Carolina, with
two major trails?the Lakeshore and the Appalachian?that traverse several watersheds
treated independently. Further enhancing the utility of this volume is the inclusion of the
Great Smoky Mountains official trail map as well as an informative introduction filled
with details about the geology, climate, vegetation, wildlife, human history, and environmental
concerns of the region.

A seasoned outdoorsman with more than thirty years of experience in the area and
codirector of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, Wise brings an exceptional depth of knowledge to this guide. Both experienced
hikers and novices will find this newly revised edition an invaluable resource for trekking in
the splendor of the Smokies.

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