The Appalachian Trail is one of the most iconic hiking trails in the world and a testament to the power of cooperation. Winding through fourteen states from Georgia to Maine, the Trail is cared for by thirty-one trail clubs, numerous partnerships, the National Park Service, and Appalachian Trail Conservancy. At 2,200 miles long, the trail attracts millions of hikers every year. In All About the Appalachian Trail, author Leonard M. Adkins lays out the history of the Appalachian Trail in its many facets. He includes its geological, ecological, and human history, as well as its history as a trail. By weaving these all together, the author allows the reader to better understand one of the world’s longest hiking trails.
Author Leonard M. Adkins is an award winning author who has hiked more than 19,000 miles exploring the back-country areas of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. Almost every hiking season finds him on some new and exciting adventure. He has thru-hiked the full length of the Appalachian Trail five times. Leonard is the author of more than a dozen books on the outdoors, nature, and travel, and his Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail received the National Outdoor Book Award, Foreword Magazine‘s Book of the Year Award, and a Virginia Literary Award nomination. The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor’s Companion was honored with a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.
Illustrator Kirsten Halvorsen has an art degree from William and Mary’s College, and has illustrated numerous books including ABC Michigan, ABC Ohio, ABC Indiana, All About Madam C.J. Walker, and All About Julia Morgan. She is excited to use her illustrations to help teach children about the Appalachian Trail.