Randy Johnson is an accomplished travel editor and writer. He founded Grandfather Mountain's modern trail management program in 1978, was backcountry manager until 1990, and serves on Grandfather Mountain State Park's Advisory Committee. Johnson is a Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel writer with decades of national publications. His best-selling trail guides include Hiking North Carolina and Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway. A founding editor of the Mountain Times in Boone, he was for nearly twenty years editor of United Airlines' Hemispheres, named "world's best inflight magazine" in 2006.