* Each of these North Carolina hikes is the cream-of-the-crop
* Full-color topographical maps, elevation profiles, and over 100 stunning trail photographs
* Trails-at-a-Glance chart to help find the hikes you want quickly and easily
* Includes info on North Carolina public lands acquisition and regulations
North Carolina is the ideal hiking state: dramatic mountain trails in the Southern Appalachians, lots of rolling trails near high population centers in the Piedmont, diverse hikes that few people know about on the Coastal Plain. The varied climates of the state make for a wide array of hiking opportunities, sure to provide some favorites for everyone. Whether you thrive off of an intense heart-pounding climb with a sweeping vista as a reward or prefer a smoother terrain filled with interesting historical tidbits, there is a classic hike for you.
JOE MILLER is an outdoor adventure columnist who regularly hikes, bikes, camps, and paddles. He has written about the outdoors for The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, since 1992 and has written a weekly outdoors column, "Take it Outside" for ten years. 100 Classic Hikes North Carolina is his first book.
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