by Mary Reed
From rugged Appalachian ridges to verdant river valleys, this guide details 50 of the very best hiking trails in the state. Maps, mile-by-mile trail descriptions, backpacking tips, and informative details about landmarks and natural history. Lace up your boots and sample the best trails West Virginia has to offer. You'll discover historic Revolutionary and Civil War sites such as Harpers Ferry, dramatic vistas over rolling hills in the Dolly Sods Wilderness, and the plunging cliffs of the New River Gorge. The Mountain State is famous for its rugged terrain, quiet forests, vast high meadows and thundering rivers. Whether you are a day-tripper or a long distance hiker, old hand or novice, youï¾’ll find trails suited to every ability and interest throughout West Virginia.
About the author:
Residing in Athens, Ohio, Mary Reed specializes in outdoor adventure and environmental reporting. Her writing and/or photography has appeared in Backpacker, Earth First! Journal, Mountainfreak, Ohio Magazine, Orion Afield and other publications. She has authored another FalconGuide, Hiking Ohio and did all the photography and revising for the second edition of Hiking West Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University's School of Journalism in 1990 and her Master of Arts in Political Science, also from Ohio University, in 1993.