Bringing the Iconic Outdoors In with “The Appalachian Trail”

When you think of grand American natural wonders, what comes to mind? Maybe you look west to the Rockies or redwood forests of California. Or perhaps you prefer the Great Lakes or even Finger Lakes. But when it comes to the love and appreciation of truly being able to enjoy nature, we think of the great Appalachian Trail, spanning 2,000 miles between 14 states. And to celebrate its 75th anniversary, we haven’t been able to put down THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail (Rizzoli) by Brian B. King of The Appalachian Trail Conservatory.

“The Appalachian Trail is a whole lot more than just a trail,” Bill Bryson, author of A Walk in the Woods, says in the forward. “It is a haven, a time capsule, a spirited community, a laboratory, a whole spectrum of ecosystems, a living museum, an economic entity, a park, an assault course, a great secret, a kind of miracle. It is, in short, a place like no other.”

Completed in 1937 by a small group of volunteers, the Appalachian Trail has become a destination for Americans and foreigners alike. Whether you want to hike just a few miles or all 2,000, it’s a very special place to reconnect with nature by experiencing its vast beauty and diversity first-hand. As the only illustrated book published with the Appalachian Trail Conservatory, THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL is a true token. Including more than 300 spectacular photographs, essays on trail experiences and an official full-size map of the entire trail, your next holiday is likely to be inspired by this captivating book.

Available for $50 at Rizzoli