Nature of the Appalachian Trail

Nature of the Appalachian Trail


2nd Edition

Your Guide to Wildlife, Plants, and Geology

This comprehensive guide takes an in-depth look at the various aspects of nature along the AT: history, geology, plant life, wildlife, and more.

Hike the AT, and Get to Know Its Nature

The Appalachian Trail’s soaring elevations and precipitous terrain are complemented by lush vegetation, abundant wildlife, and some of the most beautiful views in the world. You can conquer part or all of the AT on foot. Along the way, immerse yourself in its nature. Leonard M. Adkins has thru-hiked the AT five times, and he has spent countless hours studying it. Now, he’s sharing his expertise with you.

Nature of the Appalachian Trail is an overview of more than 2,000 miles worth of information! There’s no need to shoulder dozens of different books in your backpack. This comprehensive naturalist’s guide includes a look at the mountains’ history, a study of the land’s geology, and detailed information about the trail’s birds, mammals, trees, flowers, reptiles, amphibians, and more.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Complete overview of the entire trail
  • Detailed guide to its flora and fauna
  • In-depth discussion of the region’s history and geology
  • Expert insights from a professional naturalist

Nature of the Appalachian Trail is your visitor’s companion to unbroken forest from Georgia to Maine. It is applicable to the states of Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Additional information

Weight 11.4 oz
Dimensions 6 × 9 in

Leonard M. Adkins



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Illustration Notes

Black & white illustrations, photos, and tables throughout

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Menasha Ridge Press


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