- Author: Brian B. King with foreword by Bill Bryson
- Hardcover; 336 pages; color photographs and maps
- Rizzoli New York; copyright 2012
- Includes a removable, full-size copy of the official National Park Service�s map of the entire Appalachian Trail
- The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail measures 10 x 10 in.
In celebration of the Appalachian Trail�s 75th anniversary,
The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America�s Hiking Trail documents in text and photos the history, beauty, and significance of America�s most iconic hiking trail. Completed in 1937 by a small cadre of volunteers, the Appalachian Trail spans 14 states, from Maine to Georgia, and is more than 2,000 mi. long. Visitors from all over the world are drawn to the trail, whether to reconnect with nature and see its beauty and wildlife, or to challenge themselves. Out of 3 million annual visitors, almost 2,000 attempt to earn the distinction of �thru-hiker� by walking all 5 million footsteps in one continuous journey.
The only illustrated book officially published with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America�s Hiking Trail explores this legendary footpath in detail, with more than 300 spectacular contemporary images, unpublished historical photos, and documents from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy archives as well as maps pinpointing locations along the trail. With fascinating essays on topics ranging from the trail�s history to the day-by-day hiking experience, this book is perfect for anyone interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, or American history, and for all those who dream of one day becoming thru-hikers themselves.