The Appalachian Trail: Hiking the People's Path by Bart Smith, Rizzoli New York, 2017
2012 marked the 75th anniversary of The Appalachian Trail and Rizzoli published a highly successful book commemorating that fact - The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail. In fact, it was named a National Outdoor Book Award winner in 2013. Ironically, that was the very first book that I reviewed for Rizzoli and to date it's one of my favorites. So I was thrilled when they asked me to also review The Appalachian Trail: Hiking the People's Path
This is a hardcover 7" x 5" edition and contains 224 pages with 170 beautiful color photographs. Photographer/author Bart Smith was the first person to walk all eleven scenic trails of America and his photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines. His photographs paint a picture better than some words.
The Appalachian Trail spans 2200 miles and crosses 14 states. Along the way you will experience thousands of species of plants and animals. Follow the path which is marked by small white painted blazes. Shelters are scattered along the trail where you can camp for the evening. The trail crosses many roads that lead to towns along the way where you can stop, resupply, and indulge in ice cream or grab a much needed shower. A thru-hike of the entire trail generally takes from 5 to 7 months. But have no fear, you can access the trail from numerous locations and enjoy shorter hikes that will let you experience the trail. Tailor trips that will only take you a day, a weekend, or a few weeks.
Marvel at streams burning gold with the setting sun or rushing madly over boulders, lakes laying placid in the dusk and waterfalls frozen in time....
Also included is a list of the plates and where each photo was taken along the trail. I was happy to see that they did this. As I was going through the book I often wondered where a picture was taken. This will be really helpful for anyone who is planning a trip, especially if they want to focus on a particular section. Go ahead, plan a day trip, a weekend hike or months on the trail. Get out and explore "The People's Path". The Appalachian Trail is there for you to enjoy.
Officially published with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, this jewel of a book will become available in February 2017.
(I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Book Cover image is the property of the publisher and cannot be reproduced without consent.)