Hiking Trails of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, and the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River

ISBN: 1561452602
ISBN 13: 9781561452606
By: Tim Homan

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Adult Georgia Hiking Nature Non Fiction To Read Travel

About this book

Seasoned outdoorsman and writer Tim Homan guides fellow hikers and back-packers along scenic trails in northeastern Georgia and the western Carolinas in his fourth hiking book.This new guidebook features detailed descriptions and directions to twenty-five trails and trail sections located within the Southern Nantahala Wilderness, the Ellicott Rock Wilderness, and the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River corridor. Some 114 miles of wilderness area is covered, including over 23 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Homan expertly maps out each area, describing the surrounding habitat, providing comments on the area's vegetation, and noting specific sights to see. Trailhead and regional maps are also included.

Reader's Thoughts

Jennifer

These wilderness areas are beautiful and worthy of exploration; however, this book is not accurate in its descriptions. Yes, wilderness trails are not highly cultivated or maintained, but the Beech Creek Trail that we did in the Nantahala Wilderness was one of the roughest wilderness trails we have encountered. It was filled with sizable rocks and sticks, making footing uneven and difficult, and there were many fallen trees to work around and streams to ford. Walking on the trail was like walking in either a soggy or dry, rocky creek bed. Ratings of trails are subjective, but we both found this to be strenuous when it was rated "moderate." The elevation just kept climbing, and while the trail was only listed as being 7 miles, it took us 8.5 hours to complete it without stopping to explore other aspects of the wilderness area. The area was unarguably beautiful, and we did not encounter other hikers anywhere are the trail; it was a rare treat to truly feel like we were the only ones around.

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