Long Trails of the Southeast Guide Book

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
Long Trails of the Southeast  by Johnny Molloy

286pp/maps/photos/elevation profiles
ISBN: 0897325303

Trekking the Appalachian Trail is no longer the solitary experience it once was. Backpackers and hikers looking for a less crowded outdoor experience should grab this guide to discover the many opportunities available in the Deep South. It covers 7 trails in 8 states, for a total of 600 miles of trails. Each trail is divided into segments, with at-a-glance information offering details on length, trail condition, high-points, difficulty, tips, and trailhead directions. Vivid trail reports tell readers just what they will see along the way. Finally, a Trail Log provides mile-by-mile descriptions of the entire trail, including road crossings, water sources, shelters, and more. Includes the Wild Azalea Trail, LA (26 mi); Black Creek Trail, MS (41 mi); Pinhoti Trail, AL (104 mi); Bartram Trail, GA & NC (110 mi); Benton Mckaye Trail, GA & TN (90 mi); Foothills Trail, SC & NC (85 mi); and the Florida Trail, FL (171 mi).

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Trails from the "Long Trails of the Southeast" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 33.
... Preview: After traversing the Chattooga River, Rabun Bald, Scaly Mountain, and the Fishhawk Mountains, this section is bound to be a disappointment. The entire section is a road walk, albeit mostly on secondar ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Franklin, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.2
... Preview: This section of the Bartram Trail is underused relative to its outstanding features. Head north from Hale Ridge Road, shortly entering North Carolina and the Nantahala National Forest. Before ascendin ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Dillard, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 19
... Preview: This section of the Bartram Trail roughly follows the Nantahala River downstream from Nantahala Lake toward the Nantahala Gorge made famous by rafters, canoeists, and kayakers. “Roughly follows” is ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Franklin, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 17.3
... Preview: The southern terminus of the Bartram Trail is also its lowest elevation. Leave the trailhead and travel southwesterly along a beautiful stretch of the federally designated Wild and Scenic Chattooga Ri ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Clayton, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 18.6
... Preview: This segment resumes hiking on foot trails through national-forest land. However, end-to-end hikers’ relief at having completed the road walk portion of the Bartram Trail may soon turn into disdain: t ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Franklin, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 18.8
... Preview: This section steadily and surely heads into the high country, capping out in a vista from an open wooden platform atop Rabun Bald, before descending past many streamlets to reach Hale Ridge Road just ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Clayton, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 17.7
... Preview: This section is the grand finale of the Bartram Trail, and it lives up to expectations of what a long-trail grand finale should be. The BT climbs out of the Nantahala Gorge into the steep and narrow L ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Andrews, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
... Preview: This portion of the Benton MacKaye Trail traverses some of the wildest land in the state of Georgia. You’ll leave Bushy Head Gap and travel southwest along a rugged ridgeline to Hatley Gap. Keep south ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Ellijay, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 17.4
... Preview: This portion of the BMT has a challenging beginning, as it steeply climbs Wallalah Mountain, then descends, only to make another tough pull up Licklog Mountain. You’ll stop short of the Rhodes Mount ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Blue Ridge, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 18.8
... Preview: Because of two long road walks, this part of the BMT will appeal mostly to end-to-end hikers. It really doesn’t stand out on its own as a weekend hike, save for the portion over Rocky Mountain. Star ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Blue Ridge, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 19.4
... Preview: This trail segment marks the southern terminus of the Benton MacKaye Trail. Here, the BMT begins atop Springer Mountain, also the start of the Appalachian Trail. It immediately diverges from the AT, ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
East Ellijay, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 17.4
... Preview: The final portion of the BMT is it’s finest. Leave Watson Gap and enter the Cohutta Wilderness. The path dips down to a couple of high elevation streams before regaining the Blue Ridge and heading nor ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Blue Ridge, GA - Hiking - Trail Length: 20
... Preview: This section of trail begins its upstream trek in the lower Black Creek valley, traversing the thick woods of South Mississippi. Much of the trail lies within the corridor of the federally designated ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Wiggins, MS - Hiking - Trail Length: 16.6
... Preview: This section of the BCT stays along its namesake stream more than the lower section, making for easier access to the cool waters and those white sandbars. It is also harder to follow in spots, so have ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Wiggins, MS - Hiking - Trail Length: 24.1
... Preview: This segment of the FT heads across the Bradwell Bay Wilderness and beyond to the banks of the Ocklockonee River. The FT traverses through completely different sections of the wilderness. It begins wh ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Crawfordville, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 19
... Preview: Hikers on the Apalachicola National Forest portion of the FT head northwest from the highway to traverse a seldom-visited land, following mostly footpaths over rolling pine woods to reach a lush woodl ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Crawfordville, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.7
... Preview: This segment of the FT is ideal for backpacking. The combination of campsite availability and varied forest ecosystems adds practicality and interest to the solitude-filled hike. The pathway heads w ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Tallahassee, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 19.1
... Preview: This section of the FT traverses numerous environments and offers vertical variation. Leave Vilas and pass along the floodplain of the New River. Beyond here, the trailbed can be wet, as it passes thr ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Bristol, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 15.8
... Preview: This is the wettest and most unusual section of long trail in the Southeast. The FT leaves Loop Road, the southern terminus of the entire FT, and heads north through a nearly continuous bald cypress w ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Everglades City, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.3
... Preview: This section of the FT traverses some of the most rugged terrain in Florida, the Big Cypress National Preserve. The hiking will be challenging; wet feet and slogging through water up to your knees are ... From the guidebook "Long Trails of the Southeast"
Everglades City, FL - Hiking - Trail Length: 32