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Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Appalachian Trail books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. How to Hike the Appalachian Trail: A Comprehensive Guide to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike (2017)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIf you are planning on (or just thinking about) hiking the Appalachian Trail, this book is for you.Planning an Appalachian Trail thru-hike is overwhelming. I know. I spent months researching every question I could think of before starting the 6 month journey.Even after all of that research, there were countless mistakes I made. This book is everything I wish I would have known before starting. Inside is a step-by-step guide to efficiently plan for a successful thru-hike. Complete with personal tips and experiences. The goal of this guide is to help you complete the 2,185 mile long…
Author(s): Chris Cage

2. Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s Companion (2019) (2018)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe champion of   for long-distance hiking for more than a quarter-century! With professionally crafted elevation profiles, 50 updated maps, and comprehensive tables for more at-a-glance information on-trail. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association collaborate each year on a guide especially designed for potential thru-hikers who want the basic information for a five- to six-month trek in the woods, at a reasonable price, but also want the adventure of finding out the extras for themselves. A favorite of section-hikers, too. Still the only such guide…
Author(s): Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association, Robert Sylvester

3. Hiking the Appalachian Trail – One Section at a Time: A Plan for Section-Hiking the AT, Without Giving Up Your Day Job (2018)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfBob Olson always had a love for anything to do with being outdoors and had enjoyed many hiking and camping excursions, but he was ready for more! After signing up and completing an Outward Bound trip, he decided he was ready to tackle the over 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. How was he going to tackle the trail with a job and family at home in South Carolina that he could not leave for five to six months? The answer was to section hike it over the course of 158 days spread out over 13 years!…
Author(s): “Big Bob” Olson

4. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail (2010)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn 2003, David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, showing a…
Author(s): David Miller

5. Lost on the Appalachian Trail (2015)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfJoin Kyle and his little dog “Katana” as they take you along for every step of their 2,185 mile adventure hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. Confront the terrain, severe weather, injury, dangerous wildlife and questionable characters as you grow and learn as Kyle did from start to finish of this epic adventure. Make some friends for life, learn the finer points of long distance hiking, and realize that what you take within your backpack is not nearly as important as what you bring within yourself… This exciting and often times humorous narrative does more than…
Author(s): Kyle S Rohrig

6. Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail: Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail (2018)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThru-hike with “Sam I Am,” a newly-retired prison guard who finds himself lost when his two sons leave for the Air Force and his K-9 partner passes away. With no hiking experience, he bought a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia and started walking home to New England. One month after deciding to hike the 2,189- mile trail, and after three weeks of intensive YouTube-training, Sam takes his first step north, armed with all the critical gear REI could part with.The journey was long, dangerous and took a toll on his body, but as he lay in…
Author(s): Sam “Sam I Am” Ducharme

7. Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planner (2015)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfEach year, more than 2,500 men, women and, occasionally, children set out to hike the more than 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine (or vice versa). Good preparation is often the key to whether they become part of the 25-28 percent who make it. For this adventure of a lifetime, the Thru-Hike Planner will help you chart a course, work out a budget, choose gear, plan meals, get in shape and otherwise inspire. It comes with homework: charts and worksheets and checklists and forms, all designed to be ripped out and spread over the kitchen table and then stuck in your pack. This sixth edition brings…
Author(s): David Lauterborn

8. I Quit My Job and Hiked the Appalachian Trail (2019)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWorking in a windowless cubicle at least 40 hours a week just didn’t make sense. After nearly four years, Michael “Mountain Goat” Falduto finally quit his job and embarked on an unimaginably enjoyable five month hike on the breathtaking Appalachian Trail. “I Quit My Job and Hiked the Appalachian Trail” is Falduto’s inspiring, day-by-day account of his 2,189 mile journey through woods and over mountains that will have you asking only one question: What am I waiting for?…
Author(s): Michael “Mountain Goat” Falduto

9. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (2006)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and…
Author(s): Bill Bryson

10. Appalachian Trail Data Book (2019) (2018)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFor 2098, the length of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia (or vice versa) is officially yet to be determined. Check back in November, when the cover image also will be available.Sometimes termed “the bible of A.T. hiking” because of its use in essential hike planning, each year’s Data Book consolidates the most basic information from 11 detailed official guidebooks into a lightweight table of distances between major Appalachian Trail shelters, road-crossings, and features. It is divided according to the guidebook volumes and updated each December to account for Trail relocations, new (or removed) shelters, and other…
Author(s): Daniel Chazin

11. Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide To Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail (Volume 1) (2012)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf– Tim Ferriss, author of New York Times Best Selling The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body Each year, it is estimated that more than 2,000 people set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, yet seven in ten ultimately fall short of their goal. Given the countless number of how-to books and websites offering information about logistics, gear, and endurance training, one would think that more people would finish this 2,200 mile trek. Why then, do so many hikers quit prematurely? After successfully thru-hiking the AT in five months with zero prior backpacking experience, author, Zach Davis, is convinced he’s…
Author(s): Zach Davis

12. CHICAS ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: Women-Specific Tips for Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail and Conversations with Badass Women Hikers (2018)

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your BookshelfHiking the Appalachian Trail is your dream adventure – but so far, you’ve done nothing but dream. What’s stopping you from making it a reality?Are you afraid of wild animals? Not sure you can handle going a week without a shower? Or do you simply doubt that you are capable of taking on this badass adventure? Bestselling author Jen Beck Seymour thru-hiked the trail in 2017, and she understands the fears and doubts that may hinder some women from following their hearts. But Jen wants you to know that your dream is not out of reach. In this book, she gives you the answers you…
Author(s): Beck Seymour, Jen

Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some appalachian trail books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Best of the Appalachian Trail: Overnight Hikes

Author(s): Leonard M. Adkins, Frank Logue, Victoria Logue
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press, Year: 2018, Size: 17 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2289046

Best of the Appalachian Trail: Day Hikes

Author(s): Leonard M. Adkins, Frank Logue, Victoria Logue
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press, Year: 2018, Size: 28 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2289052

Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail New England

Author(s): Lafe Low
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press, Year: 2016, Size: 90 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2114781

Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America’s Trail

Author(s): Jeffrey H. Ryan
Publisher: Down East Books, Year: 2016, Size: 60 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2211700

Stackpole Books A Child’s Walk in the Wilderness: An 8-Year-Old Boy and His Father Take on the Appalachian Trail

Author(s): Paul Molyneaux, Asher Molyneaux
Publisher: Stackpole Books, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2244125

Balancing on Blue: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Author(s): Foskett, Keith
Publisher: , Year: 2015, Size: 897 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2081501

Trail Magic: Going Walkabout for 2184 Miles on the Appalachian Trail

Author(s): Trevelyan Quest Edwards, Hazel Edwards
Publisher: Brolga Publishing, Year: 2014, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2244121

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion

Author(s): Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hikers Association, Robert Sylvester
Publisher: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Year: 2013, Size: 27 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1162143

A walk in the woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Author(s): Bryson, Bill; McQuay, Rob; Bryson, Bill
Publisher: Books on Tape, Published by arrangement with Broadway Books, Year: 2012, Size: 259 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2414236

Skywalker--Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail

Author(s): Bill Walker
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2011, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1039654

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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