Appalachian Trail in Books

Stories about the Appalachian Trail and related reads on Appalachia, nature, and sustainability.
Updated September 19, 2022
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The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey
Derick Lugo
" Derick's] story takes us into a world where his lack of AT knowledge, his unique perspective, his appearance, and his sense of humor open the minds and hearts of those he encounters along the way. Change has come, and the AT will never be the same again."--Jennifer Pharr Davis, author, speaker, AT...
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Bill Bryson
A laugh-out-loud account of an outrageously rugged hike--by the beloved comic author of Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island. Published in the 75th anniversary year of the Appalachian Trail. Father's Day merchandising.
The Appalachian Trail: A Biography
Philip D'Anieri
The Appalachian Trail is America's most beloved trek, with millions of hikers setting foot on it every year. Yet few are aware of the fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who helped bring it to life over the past century. The conception and building of the...
Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
Ben Montgomery
Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great...
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail
Scott Jurek
From the author of the bestseller Eat and Run, a thrilling memoir about his grueling, exhilarating, and immensely inspiring 46-day run to break the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners....
There Are Mountains to Climb: An Inspirational Journey
Jean Deeds
Highly praised account of a 51-year-old woman's 1990s thru-hike and the personal and recreational lessons she learned along the way.
The Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining, and Other Affairs of Plain Living
Eliot Wigginton
First published in 1972, The Foxfire Book was a surprise bestseller that brought Appalachia's philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers. Whether you wanted to hunt game, bake the old-fashioned way, or learn the art of successful moonshining, The Foxfire Museum and...
Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia
Chris Hamby
In a devastating and urgent work of investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hamby uncovers the tragic resurgence of black lung disease in Appalachia, its Big Coal cover-up, and the resilient mining communities who refuse to back down.   ...

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