America’s Great Hiking Trails

By Karen Berger, Author, “America’s Great Hiking Trails: Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, North Country Trail, Ice Age Trail, Potomac Heritage Trail, Florida Trail, Natchez Trace Trail, Arizona Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, New England Trail” (2014, Rizzoli with Partnership for the National Trails System)

National scenic trails, like national parks, are designated because they offer something unique. Our national scenic trails offer a variety of recreational experiences through an astonishing variety of environments and terrain. This book describes how each of the trails is unique, whether it is the community aspect of the Appalachian Trail, the wilderness character of the Pacific Crest Trail, the historical importance of the Potomac Heritage Trail, the desert character of the Arizona Trail, or the watery subtropical landscape of the Florida Trail. In short, it is an exploration of the soul of each of these remarkable pathways.

Unless otherwise indicated, all material in Pathways Across America is public domain. All views expressed herein are perspectives of individuals working on behalf of the National Trails System and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the Federal agencies.