Hiking Guidebooks

Hiking Guidebooks for the Southern Appalachians

Many of these books can be purchased at Park and Forest Service visitor centers, and at outdoor stores.

Adams, Kevin, North Carolina Waterfalls: A Hiking and Photography Guide 2005

Adams, Kevin, North Carolina's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Mountains 2004

Adkins, L.M. Walking the Blue Ridge: A guide to the trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway. University of North Carolina, 2003. The book describes all the hiking off the Parkway, from short leg stretchers to serious hikes

Appalachian Trail Conference, Appalachian Trail Guide - Tennessee - North Carolina, 12th Ed., 2005

Barr, Peter, Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers 2008

Bernstein, Danny, Hiking North Carolina's Blue Ridge Heritage, Milestone Press 2009

Bernstein, Danny, Hiking the Carolina Mountains, Milestone Press 2007

de Hart, Allen, North Carolina Hiking Trails, Globe Pequot Press, 2005

de Hart, Allen, Hiking North Carolina's Mountains-To-Sea Trail, University of North Carolina Press, 2000

de Hart, Allen, Hiking South Carolina Trails, Globe Pequot Press, 2001

Gaddy, L.L. and Gaddy, Jr, L.L., A Naturalist's Guide to the Southern Blue Ridge Front : Linville Gorge, North Carolina, to Talluah Gorge, Georgia 2000

Goldsmith, C.F. III, Hamrick, S.E.G., Hamrick, H.J. Jr. The Best Hikes of Pisgah National Forest. John F. Blair, 2000. A straight-forward guide to all the sections of Pisgah National Forest.

Gove, Doris, Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Georgia North Carolina Tennessee 1998

Great Smoky Mountains Association. Hiking Trails of the Smokies. 2003. A small guide which can be carried on a hike.

Great Smoky Mountains Association. Wildflowers of the Smokies. A small guide which can be carried on a hike.

Great Smoky Mountains Association. Trees of the Smokies. A small guide which can be carried on a hike.

Johnson, Randy , Hiking North Carolina, 2nd: A Guide to Nearly 500 of North Carolina's Greatest Hiking Trails (State Hiking Series) 2007

Murray, Kenneth, Highland Trails: A Guide to Scenic Trails in Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, and Southwest Virginia, 2005

Logue, V., Logue, F., Blouin, N. Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Menasha Ridge Press, 2003. A description of the highlights and attractions of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A must, if you are driving the Parkway.

Regan, Niel, Spectacular Waterfalls of Western North Carolina: A Guide for Discovery and Photography 2008

Weber, W. for the Carolina Mountain Club. Trail Profiles and Maps: From the Great Smokies to Mount Mitchell and Beyond,  2nd Ed., The Carolina Mountain Club, 2009. Distances and trail profiles of the MST, from Fork Ridge to Black Mountain Campground.

Williams, Williams, Williams & Williams, 50 Hikes in the Mountains of North Carolina: Walks and Hikes from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Great Smokies, Second Edition 2001