Cherokee National Forest Hiking Guide
First published in 1992, Cherokee National Forest Hiking Guide has been a vital companion to thousands who have explored the 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest. This second edition has been substantially expanded to cover all hiking trails in the forest as of 2003. Stretching across the Tennessee/North Carolina state line, the Cherokee National Forest includes much of the western slopes of the southern Appalachian Mountains, north and south of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The area encompasses a tremendous diversity of wildlife, vegetation, and scenic vistas of high mountain peaks and beautiful creeks, waterfalls, and valleys. Almost two hundred described and mapped trails and footpaths wind throughout this wildlife haven, inviting everyone who loves the outdoors– hikers, backpackers, hunters, anglers, and horseback riders– to explore its natural beauty. The Cherokee National Forest Hiking Guide provides maps and specific directions along with a wealth of general information on the forest’s present and past wildlife, vegetation, and geology, as well as a history of the forest’s human inhabitants– including the political battles that have been waged to protect the forest. Featuring a new foreword by Senator Lamar Alexander, this book remains the definitive guide to this expansive and alluring landscape sure to thrill outdoorsmen for many generations to come.