By: Randy Johnson
Randy Johnson’s bestseller debuts in a brand new 3rd edition in early 2017, complete with full color photography and National Geographic topographical maps. Johnson’s book is the original guide to combines all the great trails of Blue Ridge Parkway with hundreds of hikes just off the Parkway in neighboring national forests, state parks, and private preserves. The book includes a complete mileage log to the 469-mile, most visited unit of the National Park Service, with a mile-by-mile details on entrances, exits, visitor centers, facilities and more.
Longtime former editor-in-chief of United Airlines travel magazine Hemispheres, (“world’s best inflight magazine,” 2007) Johnson brings an award-winning travel writer’s depth and detail to the Parkway experience, including lodging, dining and the attractions of adjacent cities and towns. Johnson has lived beside the Parkway for decades and has written about the road and it’s Appalachian environs for national newspapers, web, and travel magazines. A professional trail manager and designer, Johnson has built and maintained trails on the Parkway and is task force leader for North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail on the Parkway at Grandfather Mountain.
“Randy Johnson has given us the fullest account and most helpful guide to the [lofty] open road.” Robert Morgan, author of the New York Times bestseller Gap Creek.