Journey on the Appalachian Trail

Journey on the Appalachian Trail

At over 2,100 miles, the Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest footpath. While many folks have read about the AT in Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, there also are many more books out there detailing the reality of thru-hiking the AT.

While I doubt that I will ever undertake the daunting task of walking from Georgia to Maine, the stories of those that have will continue to enthrall me.

A Journey North: One Woman’s Story of Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Adrienne Hall

The New Appalachian Trail, Edward B. Garvey

Eight Bullets: One Woman’s Story of Surviving Anti-Gay Violence, Claudia Brenner

Walking the Appalachian Trail, Larry Luxenberg

Walking Home: A Woman's Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail, Kelly Winters

Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail, Jennifer Pharr Davis

A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail, Jeff Alt

Some Fiction Involving the AT:

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King

Nature Girl, Jane Kelley (kid’s book)

Halfway to the Sky, Kimberly Bradley (teen book)

The Ballad of Frankie Silver, Sharyn McCrumb

She Walks These Hills, Sharyn McCrumb

Some Guidebooks, Advice, and Photographs:

Women and Thru-Hiking on the Appalachian Trail: Practical Advice from Hundreds of Women Long Distance Hikers, Beverly Hugo

The Appalachian Trail, Carol Highsmith

Long Distance Hiking: Lessons from the Appalachian Trail, Roland Mueser

Appalachian Adventure from Georgia to Maine: A Spectacular Journey on the Great American Trail

Hiking the Triple Crown: How to Hike America’s Longest Trails—Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Karen Berger

The Appalachian Trail: How to Prepare for and Hike It, Jan D. Curran