Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway, Revised and Expanded Edition

The Only Guide You Will Ever Need, Including GPS, Detailed Maps, and More

Revised and Expanded Edition

By Leonard M. Adkins

Foreword by J. Richard Wells

424 pp., 6 x 9, 34 halftones, 72 maps, appends., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4697-8
    Published: September 2018
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4698-5
    Published: August 2018

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This comprehensive guidebook provides a detailed description of every official National Park Service trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway. But that's just the beginning: veteran hiker Leonard M. Adkins includes information on every trail that touches the parkway, including the Appalachian Trail and other public pathways on national park, state park, national forest, municipal, and private lands, along with citations for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Far more than a guide to the trails, this book will help you plan your whole trip. It's the perfect companion for your next parkway adventure.



- every public trail along the parkway

- GPS coordinates and 72 maps

- 255 total trails, including 12 new trails since the last edition

- trail length and difficulty

- points of interest

- wheelchair accessibility

- a short history of the parkway and region

- campgrounds and lodges

- public restroom locations

- elevation change charts for cyclists

- tunnel heights for RVs

- wildflower bloom calendar

- selected sightseeing information on nearby towns

About the Authors

Leonard M. Adkins is the author of more than twenty books on travel and the outdoors, including Walking the Blue Ridge, Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, and The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor's Companion.
For more information about Leonard M. Adkins, visit the Author Page.

J. Richard Wells is president emeritus of the national environmental organization Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
For more information about J. Richard Wells, visit the Author Page.


"Adkins justifiably claims that this book is 'the only guide you will ever need' when hiking, driving, or biking along the Blue Ridge Parkway. . . . An excellent resource for walkers, hikers, or anyone planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway."—Library Journal

"[Adkins is] the perfect guide to take you on the Blue Ridge Parkway."—NationalParksTraveler.com