We are working hard to get Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: Mid-Atlantic out in time for the holidays. I just made some corrections to the manuscript last week, and got a preview of the book cover. The book will have information on 43 of the best hikes between Harpers Ferry, WV, and the NY/Connecticut state line. When I was doing the hikes I tried to make use of the vast network of side trails in the region in order to create loop hikes, rather than simply out and back trips on the Trail. So there is a lot of variety. Plus it’s going to have lots of nice photos.
I did most of the research and hikes for the book from October 2015 through May of 2016. I got lucky because, in spite of the fact that the mid-Atlantic got hammered by snow last January, most of it stayed south of I-80. I was driving up to New York and New Jersey all winter long and found hardly a dusting! I’ll be posting more about the book and some of my favorite hikes in the coming weeks.
This will be the third book of the series of Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail published Menasha Ridge Press, the other two of which are already published. One of the very nice features of all of these books is that they are small enough to fit in your jacket pocket or day pack. Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: South was written by Johnny Molloy, who has written a load of guide books for Menasha Ridge and other presses. Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail: New England was written by Lafe Low, who also wrote Best Tent Camping: New England 4th ed.