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.
- How to Hike the Appalachian Trail: A Comprehensive Guide to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike (2017)
- Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s Companion (2019) (2018)
- Hiking the Appalachian Trail – One Section at a Time: A Plan for Section-Hiking the AT, Without Giving Up Your Day Job (2018)
- AWOL on the Appalachian Trail (2010)
- Lost on the Appalachian Trail (2015)
- Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail: Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail (2018)
- Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planner (2015)
- I Quit My Job and Hiked the Appalachian Trail (2019)
- A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (2006)
- Appalachian Trail Data Book (2019) (2018)
- Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide To Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail (Volume 1) (2012)
- CHICAS ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: Women-Specific Tips for Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail and Conversations with Badass Women Hikers (2018)
How to Hike the Appalachian Trail: A Comprehensive Guide to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Thru-Hike (2017)
If 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.
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s Companion (2019) (2018)
The champion of for long-distance hiking for more than a quarter-century!
Hiking the Appalachian Trail – One Section at a Time: A Plan for Section-Hiking the AT, Without Giving Up Your Day Job (2018)
Bob 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?
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail (2010)
In 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.
Lost on the Appalachian Trail (2015)
Join 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.
Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail: Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail (2018)
Thru-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.
Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planner (2015)
Each 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.
I Quit My Job and Hiked the Appalachian Trail (2019)
Working 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?
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (2006)
The 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.
Appalachian Trail Data Book (2019) (2018)
For 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.
Appalachian Trials: A Psychological and Emotional Guide To Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail (Volume 1) (2012)
– 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?
CHICAS ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: Women-Specific Tips for Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail and Conversations with Badass Women Hikers (2018)
Hiking 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.
Best Appalachian Trail Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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Northbound With Theo: A Man and His Dog Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail at Ages 75 and 8
Author(s): Soren West
ID: 3612354, Publisher: Walnut Street Books, Year: 2022, Size: 21 Mb, Format: epub
Hiking North Carolina's State Parks: The Best Trail Adventures from the Appalachians to the Atlantic
Author(s): Johnny Molloy
ID: 3619305, Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press, Year: 2022, Size: 43 Mb, Format: epub
Mud, Rocks, Blazes: Letting Go on the Appalachian Trail
Author(s): Heather Anderson
ID: 2930571, Publisher: Mountaineers Books, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub
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.