Hike Virginia North of Us 60: 51 Hikes from the Allegheny Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay (Paperback)

Hike Virginia North of Us 60: 51 Hikes from the Allegheny Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay By Leonard M. Adkins Cover Image

Hike Virginia North of Us 60: 51 Hikes from the Allegheny Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay (Paperback)


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Explore 51 of Virginia's best options for short walks, hiking excursions, and backpacking adventures

From the craggy summits of the Allegheny Mountains to the soft shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia north of US 60 is an unparalleled region. The area is diverse and beautiful, and the plants and wildlife are varied and abundant. To truly see and appreciate the land's natural wonders, a person should travel on foot.

In the eastern coastal plain, walk for miles upon quiet beaches, and see herons and egrets as they fish in swamps, ponds, and slow-moving streams. Upon the rolling piedmont of central Virginia, pass between grassy meadows with open views and mixed hardwood forests. Trails in the Blue Ridge and Massanutten mountains descend past waterfalls into valleys and coves. The mountains of western Virginia are the least populated. Here you'll find the most isolated and quiet hiking and have the best chance of viewing the state's abundant wildlife. Plus, hundreds of miles of the Appalachian Trail create opportunities for backpacking.

In Hike Virginia North of US 60, expert hiker and naturalist Leonard M. Adkins helps you experience the joys of walking and hiking throughout the area. The award-winning Virginia author spotlights 51 trails that traverse more than 360 miles. Routes range from easy walks on level ground to ambitious, multi-day backpacking excursions over rugged terrain. Each entry includes full-color maps and photographs, as well as driving directions and trail descriptions. Leonard also includes his fascinating insights on each site's history and culture, plus vital at-a-glance information about distance, hiking time, and elevation gain.

Inside You'll Find

  • 51 hikes-popular trails and hidden gems--covering over 360 miles

Short walks, day hikes, and backpacking excursions

Full-color maps and photographs

Trail information chart with key details about every featured hike
Leonard M. Adkins has logged more than 20,000 miles hiking the world's backcountry. Each hiking season finds him on some new adventure. He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail five times; traversed the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico; followed the full Pacific Northwest Trail through Montana, Idaho, and Washington; and walked several hundred miles upon Canada's Great Divide Trail. He has also trekked the full length of the Pyrenees High Route from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and has explored Iceland's interior. With his wife, Laurie, he hiked West Virginia's Allegheny Trail, the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas, and the Mid-Atlantic's Tuscarora Trail. Together, they tramped New Zealand's Milford Track and a number of the country's other Great Walks. And, of course, he has hiked every one of the trails in this book--along with many other pathways to determine which ones were the best to include. In addition, he walked each of these routes with a surveyor's measuring wheel to ensure the accuracy of the mileage and the description. Leonard is the author of more than 20 books and over 200 articles on the outdoors, nature, and travel and is the walking columnist for Blue Ridge Country magazine. His writing has received numerous awards, including the National Outdoor Book Award and SATW Foundation's Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. He has also been a Ridge Runner and a Natural Heritage Monitor for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, helping to observe and protect rare and endangered plants, and he has been on the boards of directors of two Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs. He and his wife live in North Chesterfield, Virginia.
Product Details ISBN: 9781634043489
ISBN-10: 1634043480
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication Date: May 9th, 2023
Pages: 248
Language: English