Need some gift ideas for that special hiker in your life? Below are a few suggestions any hiker or lover of the Southern Appalachians would appreciate:
Just Passin' Thru A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters is the brand new release from Winton Porter. The book recounts some of the stories, dramas and characters that show up at his store - the historic Mountain Crossings, a combination hostel and outfitter shop along the Appalachian Trail.
Waterfalls of North Carolina is the very first map available that features over 300 waterfalls in the western North Carolina region. In addition to the WNC region, the map also includes falls on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains. The map was published this past October.
The Garmin Oregon 400T is the next generation of GPS for hikers and outdoors types. National Geographic Adventure Magazine had it on its list of must-have outdoor gear for 2009. Right now Amazon has this item on sale for only $399.95. That's a savings of $240!
The Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion-2010 is another brand new release. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association collaborated on this guide especially designed for potential thru-hikers.
Blue Ridge Mountains 2010 Scenic Wall Calendar is the latest from professional photographer, Jerry Greer.
For many more suggestions, please visit the Smoky Mountains Hiker Store.
HikingintheSmokys.com Detailed information on trails in the Smoky Mountains; includes trail descriptions, key features, pictures, video, maps, elevation profiles, news, hiking gear store, and more.