The Appalachian Trail Conference and Arcadia Publishing are pleased to announce the release of ODATC member Leonard M. Adkins' 17th book, Along the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. This is a companion book to his other ATC/Arcadia Press publication, Along Virginia’s Appalachian Trail.
Selected from the archives of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the National Park Service, and local Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs, the approximately 200 vintage photographs in each book provide a look at life in the mountains before and during the trail’s creation, how it came into being, who its early champions were, the many relocations the trail has experienced, and the volunteers who have constructed and maintained it.
Along the Appalachian Trail: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee contains never-before-published photographs of the trail's first terminus atop Mt. Oglethorpe, the early route to Springer Mountain, the trail's former route in the Nanatahalas and western Smokies, and places the trail has been rerouted from in Tennessee and North Carolina. The heretofore unpublished photographs in Along Virginia’s Appalachian Trail include scenes from McAfee Knob in the early part of the 20th century and the trail's original route along what is now the Blue Ridge Parkway, in addition to chronicling ODATC's Wintergreen relocation in the 1980s.
A donation is automatically made to ATC from the sale of either book, but Leonard will make an additional donation if ordered through his website www.habitualhiker.com.
Leonard has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail five times, walked more than 19,000 miles in North America, Europe, New Zealand, and the Caribbean, and is the author of 17 books about the outdoors and travel, including six concerning the trail. He has aided the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in identifying and protecting rare and endangered plants by being a Natural Heritage Monitor and a ridgerunner. He has also been on the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club’s and Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club's Boards of Directors and a volunteer maintainer of a trail section near McAfee Knob. He is currently The Hike columnist for Blue Ridge Country, walks and hikes blogger for www.richmondoutside.com, and a field editor for the Thru-Hikers' Companion.