Best books about hiking the Appalachian Trail

Stretching from Georgia to Maine, thousands of people set out in hopes of hiking the Appalachian Trail’s scenery each season. While some take on the mighty trail’s 2,000+ miles all at once over the course of several months, most hikers opt to tackle it in sections, one by one, over longer periods of time. Whether a thru-hiker or just armchair enthusiast, here are the best books about hiking the Appalachian Trail.

(Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli/flickr)
(Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli/flickr)

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Returning to the US after years abroad, humorist Bryson set out to rekindle his relationship with America by walking the Appalachian Trail.

The Appalachian Trail Girl’s Guide: Part Memoir, Part Manifesto by Megan Maxwell
A memoir of Maxwell’s six-month thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail shortly after graduating from college, on which she noticed how few fellow female hikers she encountered. As the title suggests, the book is half memoir and half manifesto, she aims to inspire other female hikers to confidently tackle any trail.

Appalachian Trials: The Psychological and Emotional Guide to Successfully Thru-Hiking The Appalachian Trail by Zach Davis
With seven of every ten people who set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail each year falling short, Davis makes the case that we’re all preparing the wrong way: obsessing about the right gear and attaining the perfect level of pre-hike training rather than preparing for the psychological and emotional challenges in order to stay the course, then explaining exactly how to develop the mental muscle to make it.

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