What are the best Appalachian trail books?

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    #1Hiking Through: One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

    Hiking Through: One Man's Journey to Peace and Freedom on the Appalachian Trail

    In this book, Paul Stutzman shares with everyone his 2176-mile hike through many states in search for peace and harmony: after losing his wife, he decided it was time to do what he had always wanted to, and after quitting his stable job, started a journey that changed his life.

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    Christine Cunningham
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This was a great read. It would be such an adventure to do this trail."
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    #2Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail

    Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail

    Bill Walker had always been an avid walker, but starting a 2175-mile journey through the Appalachian Trail was something else. One day, he decided the time to fulfill his dream had arrived, and so he started the journey that took him from Georgia to Maine. 

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    Nicole Johnson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I initially picked up this book because of the title. I am a huge Star Wars fan, and anything that references my all time favorite movie immediately grabs my attention. As it turns out, Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail has absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars. However, it is still a really good book. It definitely held my attention."
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    #3Walking North

    Walking North
    Mic and Jerrianne Lowther, along with their daughter Kyra, started to walk the more than 2000 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a journey that would change their lives. They had to overcome multiple challenges, which are perfectly described in this book. 
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    Gregory Carlson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "In the crowded world of Appalachian trial books, this one stands out. It avoids many of the cliches that have developed in the genre. It's the story of a family, and getting close to them is a pleasure. The scenery comes to life and one can easily imagine taking at least some of the journey one's self. "
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    #4Where's the Next Shelter?

    Where's the Next Shelter?

    This book is the story of three friends who decide to walk the Appalachian Trail, more than 2000 miles that would change the lives of Gary, a former Marine, Megan a college grad and Lemmy, an overseas cartoonist. 

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    Tammy Palmer
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book is not only geographically relevant and exciting, it's hilarious. This team of characters make the perfect commentary for an unforgettable trip and take you along for the journey. Worth a read for anyone with a love for adventure."
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    #5A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods is an autobiographical novel by Bill Bryson, who wanted to rediscover his country upon his return from Britain. With his friend from college Stephen Katz, the two men hike the 2,100-mile long Appalachian Trail.

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    Benito Estrada
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "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. A Walk in the Woods is an autobiographical novel by Bill Bryson."
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    #6Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery: A Slice of LIfe on the Appalachian Trail

    Walkin' on the Happy Side of Misery: A Slice of LIfe on the Appalachian Trail

    This book is a day-by-day account of J. R. Tate, a former Marine who one day, decided to start the Appalachian Trail. In it, we can find many of the anecdotes he lived and the challenges he had to overcome in the more than 2000 miles he had to walk to complete the hike. 

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    Peter Taylor
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Very interesting and informative. This would be an amazing trip to take my wife on."
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    #7In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60

    In Beauty May She Walk: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 60

    This book chronicles Leslie Mass' journey through the Appalachian hills: inspired by her father, this 59-year woman began to train for this hard journey, and one year later, she embarked on this demanding adventure for a 60 years old woman. 

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    William Stephens
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Although not everyone will identify with the author, it is still a book about putting your mind to something when others doubt you. It can still be inspirational to anyone."
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    #8Walking the Appalachian Trail

    Walking the Appalachian Trail
    This book combines accounts by hikers, advice from expert hikers, many people real experiences while walking the Appalachian Hills and insightful information and history of this popular hiking path from the United States. 




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    Thomas Obrien
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great choice to read about the trail. I lived by the trail myself and walked a few stretches of it from time to time. It's a really good book to guide you through the trail. "
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    #9Walking Home: A Woman's Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail

    Walking Home: A Woman's Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail

    This book narrates the story of Kelly Winters, who after quitting her job and leaving behind her unhealthy relationship, started a 2000-mile journey through the Appalachian mountains. It took her 6 months to complete this journey, in which she had to overcome many challenges. 

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    Jonathan Richardson
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Lots of people have written about their journeys along the Appalachian trail. This one, by Kelly Winters, is as interesting as any of them."
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    #10Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery has received National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography in 2014. This nonfiction book is about outdoors and nature.

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    Judy Burton
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A tale of whimsy and history. This is an absolute must for those interested in the Applachian trail. I have reread it 9 times and still learn new things."
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    #11AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is a nonfiction book written by software engineer David Miller. In this book, the author narrates his journey hiking the Appalachian Trail. This memoir was originally published in 2006.

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    Vincent May
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "must read"
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