A History of Whitewater Paddling in Western North Carolina
From the Chattooga to the Nantahala, the thrilling rapids and unparalleled scenery of Western North Carolina's rivers attract thousands of whitewater paddlers each year. Author and paddling instructor Will Leverette grew up in and around canoes. His grandfather, Frank Chief Bell, helped to popularize the sport through Camp Mondamin, the country's premier summer camp for paddling. Ride along with Leverette as he recounts the exhilarating adventures of paddling's pioneers from 1923 to 1980, both those who started the craze and those who guided it farther downstream.
An Outdoor Guide to Bartram's Travels
An Outdoor Guide to Bartram's Travels reconstructs as closely as possible the original routes Bartram took. Featuring some fifty thoroughly tested and researched tours, the guide takes today's outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs along Bartram's path through what were once colonial towns and outposts, native kingdoms, and unspoiled wilderness. Some tours can be taken by car or bicycle; others can be taken only as Bartram himself would have traveled--on foot, by canoe, or on horseback. The tours are supplemented with more than 140 maps and photographs as well as informative sidebars and listings of nearby points of interest.
Walking with Spring
It was spring of 1948, and a young man from Pennsylvania had to work out of his psyche the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II; he took a hike. For four months. On August 5 of that year, Earl Victor Shaffer became the first person to solo-hike uninterrupted the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, from Springer Mountain in Georgia through 13 other states to Katahdin in the central-Maine wilderness...on more than 2,000 miles of footpath created in the 1920s and '30s by volunteers and maintained by volunteers ever since. Earl Shaffer, a woodsman, naturalist, and poet who still lives close to the Trail, went on to become one of those volunteers as a leader of the Appalachian Trail Conference as it worked to secure His simply stated story has served as an inspiration for more than 3,000 men and women who have since followed in his footsteps...and many thousands more who have tried. Or wanted to.
North Carolina Hiking Trails
With more than 1,300 trails covering 3,500 miles, North Carolina is a hiker's paradise, boasting an incredible variety of terrain. This new edition of North Carolina Hiking Trails covers them all, from short family walks along the coast to long-distance treks in the mountains. You'll find coverage of trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and in Pisgah National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plus trails in national wildlife refuges, state parks and forest, county parks, and much more. Each trail description details distance, difficulty, elevation, connecting trails, landmarks, scenery, and more.
Cherokee Nation-A History
Cherokee Nation-A History, Robert Conley, 2007
The Cherokee Nation is one of the largest and most important of all the American Indian tribes. The first history of the Cherokees to appear in over four decades, this is also the first to be endorsed by the tribe and the first to be written by a Cherokee. Conley provides analyses for general readers of all ages to learn the significance of tribal lore and Cherokee tribal law. Following the history is a listing of the Principal Chiefs of the Cherokees with a brief biography of each and separate listings of the chiefs of the Eastern Cherokees and the Western Cherokees. For those who want to know more about Cherokee heritage and history, Conley offers additional reading lists at the end of each chapter.
History Hikes of the Smokies
For hikers who love history, this book is for you! It features in-depth narratives of the 20 most culturally-rich trails in the Smokies, including Little Cataloochee, Old Sugarlands, Bone Valley, Old Settlers, Boogerman, Cooper Road, Jakes Creek, and more. Here's your chance to learn the stories behind the cabins, barns, chimneys, stone walls, machinery, and other features so-often encountered on Smoky Mountain trails. Includes detailed trail maps, steepness profiles, and loads of historic photos. 352 pages; handy pocket size. Proceeds help preserve nature and history in the park!
Fontana: A pocket history of Appalachia
Lance's book is one of the definitive writings on the history and development of southern Appalachian culture. This study of the cultural and natural history of the area affected by the construction of Fontana Dam and Lake on the southern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Western North Carolina reveals a historic picture that is representative of the history of all the Appalachians. Indians, explorers, soldiers, traders, settlers, loggers, railroaders, dam builders, and tourists are all characters in this informative and entertaining narrative.
Basic Kayaking: All The Skills and Gear You Need To Get Started
Wayne Dickert, NOC Ambassador, was the paddling consultant for this full color book that covers just what the title says; Basic Kayaking, All the Skills and Gear You Need to Get Started. Focusing on white water paddling, it is packed with information and features hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations, providing clear, easy-to-follow instructions on selecting gear, getting your boat on the river, and mastering fundamental moves. Basic Kayaking won the National Outdoor Book Award in the Instructional category and includes step-by-step instruction on essential techniques, including all major strokes and rolls, a full-color gear guide, and chapters on safety and reading the water. For would-be day-trippers, river-runners, creekboaters, and even those aspiring to the world of extreme rodeo playboating, Basic Kayaking is where the journey begins to accelerate your kayaking progress.
Waterfall Walks and Drives in the Great Smoky Mountains and the Western Carolina
This book contains detailed route maps and driving directions leading to more than 125 waterfalls. There are over 70 topographic hiking maps with hiking directions keyed to them. It also has colored photos of many of the waterfalls featured in the book and a section on how to photograph waterfalls.
Travels of William Bartram
In 1773, naturalist and writer William Bartram set out from Philadelphia on a four-year journey ranging from the Carolinas to Florida and Mississippi. Combining precise and detailed scientific observations with a profound appreciation of nature, he produced a written account of his journey that would later influence both scientists and poets.
Cooking on Hazel Creek: The Best of Southern Mountain Cooking
These are tried and true recipes from the lost community of Hazel Creek, North Carolina that illustrate traditional southern mountain cooking, including some Cherokee Indian recipes. From homemade buttermilk biscuits to Shoo Fly pie, this food spans two centuries of hearty, stick-to-your ribs fare. Spiral bound for easy use.
Our Southern Highlanders: A Narrative of Adventure in the Southern Appalachians and a Study of Life Among the Mountaineers
Kephart shows the Southern Appalachian Mountaineers as they were, and in some cases, still are. Warts and all. A fair, truthfull account of his experiences while living among us, as well as the historical background for the area. It should be remembered that the book was first published in 1913 and revised in 1922, and while it is not an accurate picture of the mountains of today, if you would understand Appalachia, read this book.
Trail of Tears
The fascinating portrayal of the Cherokee nation, filled with Native American legend, lore, and religion—a gripping American drama of power, politics, betrayal, and ambition. Rich with Indian lore and religion, this monumental narrative is a gripping account of American power, politics, and betrayal. One of the many ironies of U.S. government policy toward Indians in the early 1800s is that it persisted in removing to the West those who had most successfully adapted to European values. As whites encroached on Cherokee land, many Native leaders responded by educating their children, learning English, and developing plantations. Such a leader was Ridge, who had fought with Andrew Jackson against the British. As he and other Cherokee leaders grappled with the issue of moving, the land-hungry Georgia legislators, with the aid of Jackson, succeeded in ousting the Cherokee from their land, forcing them to make the arduous journey West on the infamous ``Trail of Tears.''
Day Hiker's Guide To All The Trails In The Smoky Mountains
This guide has excellent color-coded maps showing the hikes for each area and tables that list the trail sequence and total mileages for each hike. It also provides invaluable information for those who wish to explore a specific geographical area of the Park, who seek solitude and adventure by hiking in the more interior and remote sections of the Smokies, or who fancy a backpacking trip in the Park. Included are a list of available car or boat shuttle services for the more remote hikes, a handy checklist of all trails, and over 30 color photographs of the Smoky Mountains, wildflowers, and historic structures in the Park.