Scenic trails featured in ‘Great Hiking Trails of the World’

In association with the American Hiking Society, Karen Berger wrote a new book, “Great Hiking Trails of the World: 80 Trails, 75,000 Miles, 38 Countries, 6 Continents,” that was published this year by Rizzoli New York. She is also the author of the 2014 book, “America’s Great Hiking Trails.” Celebrating the most important, popular, and diverse hiking trails in the world, this new book invites readers to take a walking tour through the planet’s natural wonders.

“Choosing the trails to be included in this book was both a challenge and a delight, but it was also a bit of a gauntlet: there are thousands—tens of thousands—of great trails, long and short, and each trail has its advocates. The American National Trails System, for example, encompasses nearly 18,000 miles of national scenic trails, plus thousands of miles of recreation trails and historic trails,” Berger wrote.

Among the national scenic trails featured in the book and their corresponding section are: New England Trail (historic hikes); Pacific Northwest Trail (wilderness walks); Ice Age Trail and Florida Trail (diversity around the world); and Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, North Country Trail (longest walks).

The preface is by Gregory Miller, PhD, President of the American Hiking Society from 2005-2016, who wrote: “As hikers, we know that trails are life-enriching places and that the myriad benefits of the human-nature contact are universal. So put on your hiking boots and let Karen Berger help you chart your next outdoor adventure.”

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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.

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