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Picture of the productTuscarora Trail Map Set (Maps F, G, J, K, and L)
Get this 5 PATC map set covering the amazing Tuscarora Trail. From the northern trailhead where the Appalachian Trail crests over the Blue Mountain, northwest of Harrisburg, PA to the southern trailhead at the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the North District of Shenandoah National Park, this map set will guide you every mile of the way. All PATC maps are printed on water-resistant, tear-resistant synthetic stock in 6 colors. Set includes Map J, Map K, Map L, Map F, and Map G.

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Picture of the productCircuit Hikes in Shenandoah National Park
The 18th edition (2019) of the guidebook, Circuit Hikes in the Shenandoah National Park, describes 29 of the most popular hikes found throughout the North, Central, and South Districts of the Park. The guidebook includes all of the information users need to select the most appropriate hike for their interest and abilities. The thumb-nail description of each hike includes the length, the time required to complete the hike, the difficulty rating (easy, moderate, and strenuous), and the elevation or sum of the ascents on the hike route. This information is followed by the trailhead GPS coordinates using GMS 84 datum for each hike (new to this edition), a turn by turn description of the hike route, and a two-color map showing the route. Also included for many hikes are alternative routes that may differ in length or difficulty from the primary route described.

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Picture of the productCircuit Hikes in Virginia, West Va., Maryland, and Pa.
(10th edition, 2019). This guide, known by many as simply the 4-States book, includes many of the iconic hikes found in our beautiful mid-Atlantic region. Two things that make this edition so special are that all of the inside photos, 27 of them by editors Larry Broadwell and William Needham, are in color, and it has a stunning cover photo reflecting fall in Hazel Country by Barbara Southworth, used with her permission. As in prior editions, the guide features 25 circuit routes in the four-state area complete with trailhead GPS coordinates using the NAD83 system, and a detailed topographic map by Dave Pierce for each route. Three of the entries are entirely new. Others have been revised to vary routes described in prior years. Still others have been updated to reflect reroutes, historical research, and more. While some of the circuits are less familiar than others, all comprise a dayhiker's dream book.

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Picture of the productThe Tuscarora Trail: A Guide to the South Half in WV and VA
(6th Edition, 2016, 136pp.) This latest edition of the guide for hiking the Tuscarora Trail South in Virginia and West Virginia has a new look! Within a new cover and a new design, it incorporates recent trail changes/relocations and adds NAD83 GPS coordinates for the 12 trail sections comprising it. It also includes the informative and delightful to read sections on the geology and flora and fauna of the area through which the trail passes found in previous editions. Includes 12 photos.

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Picture of the productThe Great Eastern Trail - Between SR 55/US 48 and I-64
(First edition, 2018). Our newest publication is the first guidebook to the 200 miles-plus of the Great Eastern Trail between SR55/US 48 and White Sulphur Springs, WV (I-64) in West Virginia and Virginia. The Great Eastern Trail, known as the GET, is a 1800 mile long trail leading from Alabama to New York made up of local trails linked to form a longer path; it parallels to the Appalachian Trail and in many ways is modelled after it, but set farther west and south. The trails making up the sections of the GET covered in this guidebook include part of the Allegheny Trail and part of the Tuscarora Trail. Between these trails is the Headwaters Section, a series of different Forest Service trails and roads largely on Shenandoah Mountain and North Mountain. Work towards completion of the GET, organized from the local trail clubs in 2007, is ongoing. Progress on the trail and trail updates can be followed in the newsletters found at www.greateasterntrail.net.
120 pages, 5 maps, 23 photographs


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Picture of the productSHENANDOAH MOUNTAIN TRAILS
As described by the guidebook author, Timothy Hupp, Shenandoah Mountain is located west of the Shenandoah Valley in the North River Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest; and extends 72-miles northeast to southwest from Hardy County, WV to Bath County, VA. The guidebook covers the central section of Shenandoah Mountain between Rt. 33 and Rt. 250 in western Rockingham and Augusta Counties. This large wild area has a network of over 150 miles of trails, many of which were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. These trails offer an exceptional hiking experience in terms of scenic beauty, challenge, rich diversity of plants and wildlife, and the opportunity to find solitude. Learn more about Shenandoah Mountain at www.friendsofshenandoahmountain.org. This first edition (2018) has 52 pages, 5 maps, and 9 photographs.

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Picture of the productHikes in the Washington Region: Part B - Northern Virginia
The 2015 Fifth Edition, the first since 2007, is part of a trilogy on Washington, D.C., area hiking. Part B offers a variety of hiking experiences in Northern Virginia; it describes more routes, with more options for longer and shorter variations than previous editions, and extends beyond the immediate Capital Beltway to the Shenandoah River and close to Harpers Ferry. GPS trailhead coordinates (NAD83) have also been added.

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Picture of the productThese Hills Were Home
Our newest publication - These Hills Were Home: A Walking History Guide to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Greene and Western Madison County, Virginia - has just arrived! Lovingly written by Kristie Kendall, the author's purpose "is to breathe new life into the history of the mountain communities that once flourished in the Blue Ridge Mountains."* She provides the reader with a historic context and a trail guide for exploring "life in the mountains from the first white settlers through the 1930s, when land was obtained for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park."* She reminds readers at several points that the sites described in the book are the places where generations of mountain families lived out their lives, and should be treated with respect and left undisturbed. The book, 132 pages, includes 97 photographs and 12 trail maps. *Quotes taken from About this Book, page 1

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Picture of the productGuide to Massanutten Mountain Hiking Trails
The latest (2013) revision of the PATC Guide to Massanutten Hiking Trails, 5th ed. is updated with maximum grade and climb/descent values for each trail. These values may be used by hikers as an aid to assess the difficulty of hiking the trail. Climb and descent values are the sums of all ups and downs and not merely the difficulty of the trail. GPS data is included in this guide. This is your best guide to hiking the trails in the Massanutten Mountain section of the Lee Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. The guide provides easy to follow mile by mile trail directions, detailed trail descriptions, history, and flora along the trail for your safety and enjoyment. For ease of use and accuracy, this new guide is a must! 174 pages 4 ¼ x 7 softcover, 10 mileage diagrams, 27 beautiful photos

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Picture of the productDiary of a Trail
Tom Floyd tells the story of the people who struggled to build the Tuscarora Trail, a 250-mile hiking trail, to serve as backup or replacement for a lengthy section of the Appalachian Trail threatened by encroaching development. With the passage of the National Scenic Trails Act of 1968, the trail had protected status and its continuity was assured; nonetheless, the Keystone Trails Association and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club determined to complete the work they had begun. This is the story of how the two trails - the Tuscarora Trail in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and the Big Blue Trail in Virginia and West Virginia - became the Tuscarora Trail. Floyd recounts the long quest to this end that began in Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest, and then headed north to the top of Blue Mountain just west of the Susquehanna River and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In the story he tells, no part of planning or building the trail was easy; it entailed long months of scouting, poring over land records, writing letters to landholders and visiting them, seeking informal agreements or donations of lands, rights-of-way, and easements; and sometimes raising money to purchase forestlands, springs, and campsites. The volunteers broke trail, cleared thickets, moved stone, and built and shored up footway through rugged terrain. They built bridges, campsites, and shelters. The work didn't end there; once built, volunteers maintained the trail, rebuilt sections, bought more lands and easements, and rerouted parts of the trail to satisfy changes in landownership. These activities are never ending and continue on today as a renewed interest in the Tuscarora Trail is evident.

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Picture of the productClimbers' Guide to the Great Falls of the Potomac
(Second Edition; Tate; 2001; 190pp.) This guide provides maps, descriptions, and ratings of technical climbing routes along the Potomac River; covers both the Maryland and Virginia shorelines. The revised edition includes dozens of new routes, and updated maps and photos that are extremely easy to read.

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Picture of the productThe Dean Mountain Story
The Dean Mountain Story began in England in the mid-1750s when two brothers, John and William Deane, boarded a Dutch ship and sailed to Pennsylvania. From there the brothers traveled south to Orange County, Virginia, and settled east of the North Mountain, now known as the Blue Ridge. Little is known of John's and William's lives, but Rockingham County records show that in 1816 James Dean, son of John (who had dropped the "e" from his name), married Susanne Harness. In the early 1820s, Susanne and the couple's two young daughters died in an epidemic, leaving James and his son Jeremiah alone. In 1824 James married his second wife, Sarah Monger, and built a lovely two-story brick house for her in the valley beside Elk Run. The story of how James and Sarah Dean and their children left the valley and lived out their lives on Dean Mountain, now a part of Shenandoah National Park, has been reconstructed from family folklore and records in the family Bible. A fascinating look at life in the mountains before the Park.

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Picture of the productShenandoah Heritage: The Story of the People Before the Park
(6th printing, 2000 ) The descendants of the mountain people speak with deep respect of the self-reliance of their forebears. They refer to the stamina, the craftsmanship, the woodlore of these people. They wonder if our modern, "civilized" way of life is really an improvement over that of their ancestors: "Is it progress to make people dissatisfied? To make them want what they don't have?" Shenandoah Heritage is a compiliation of true stories and anecdotes about life in the Blue Ridge before the Park. Written by PATC's only club President who seved two separate terms in office, the book offers a rich view of the "story of the people before the park". Many photographs and many names you'll recognize that now designate mountain hollows and mountains within Shenandoah National Park. A "heritage" book well worth owning.

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Picture of the productShenandoah Vestiges: What the Mountain People Left Behind
This book is mostly photographs of places most visitors to Shenandoah National Park never see - deep in what is now the park backcountry. Pictures are heavily supported by explanatory text and other background information. Much of the park was open field and pasture when the park was established in 1937. As the mountain families moved (or were moved) from their homes, they left behind a fascinating history of old homesites and artifacts. Shenandoah Vestiges explores some of what was left behind - the old homes, implements, even children's toys - with explanations of what the artifacts were, and how they were used by mountain families. The book is 71 pages and includes 73 photographs. Readers are reminded that artifacts should not be removed or disturbed.

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Picture of the productShenandoah Secrets: The Story of the Park's Hidden Past
(Revised 2011 ) The authors point out significant and interesting events that transpired within what is now the boundaries of the Shenandoah National Park before it was a park. What secrets lie hidden in the Park's forests and briery tangles? What fascinating all-but-forgotten incidents took place inside its boundaries? Today, Shenandoah National Park is, in the words of an old mountain woman, "a play place for city folk." But that was not always the case. Before it was a Park, it was home to nearly 500 families in more than 300 square miles of Virginia countryside — a microcosm of an earlier America. Industry, agriculture, commerce, war with its military actions, political decisions, community, church, and family life—all these have left their mark here. As time passes, these marks grow fainter. The Reeders have kept their memories alive through the words of this book. The authors have collected and published many photographs gleaned from the files of history, some of which were published for the first time. They are candid in their realism and their articulation of life as it was in the past, before the arrival of the artificial "wilderness" created by the formation of the Park. It is many of these same photos that have caused the Park's cultural resource mavens to ban Secrets from being sold in the Park because they depict a period in American history when poverty was prevalent, not only within the confines of current Park boundaries, but in much of rural and urban American. The Depression affected millions of people everywhere, not just in SNP. Within the mountain culture, no one was ashamed to be poor because people cared for each other. No one went hungry. The book's rare and unusual photos depict some of the only interior shots of mountain homes, as well as cabins, schools, mills and other industry, recreation, farm life, animals, and the admirable Appalachian ethics and way of life. Complementing the photos are anecdotes straight from the former inhabitants (some quite humorous), as well as carefully researched events going back to before the founding of the nation. Where possible, these events are tied to the sites where they occurred within the Park, along the roads, the trails, and through the gaps.

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Picture of the productMemories of a Lewis Mountain Man
(1993) John Stoneberger, who always referred to himself as a "moutaineer and hillbilly", wanted later generations to know about the people who lived in that part of the Blue Ridge Mountains (now part of Shenandoah National Park) where his family had lived during the first third of this century. These are his reminiscences and ancedotes of his family and neighbors, mountain customs (feasts, moonshine, music), the first church, and the first school. Stoneberger beautifully captures a time and place of hard work, simple virtues, and love of mountain life.

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Picture of the productHiker's Guide to Civil War Trails in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Hiker's Guide to Civil War Trails in the Mid-Atlantic Region includes 27 day-hikes around battlefields, along lines of march, and through defensive works. Each hike is accompanied by a simple but clear topo map and trail description as well as historical information about the events that happened along the path the hike follows and the significance of those events.

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Picture of the productTuscarora Trail Patch
The official Tuscarora Trail patch, for those who hike the trail.

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Picture of the productAppalachian Trail Guide Set to Central Virginia (Set 8)
4th Edition, 2019. This Appalachian Trail Guide published by the Appalachian Trial Conservancy provides the only official descriptions of this part of the AT. The guides includes separate, easy-to-read trail maps printed on tear-resistant, water-resistant material.

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Picture of the productAppalachian Trail Guide Set to Southwest Virginia (Set 9)
The Appalachian Trail Guides published by the Appalachian Trial Conservancy provide the only official descriptions of each part of the AT. AT guides include up to seven separate, easy-to-read trail maps printed on tear-resistant, water-resistant material.

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Picture of the productWashington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park Trail Guide
(2004) 62pp. This full-color guide on coated paper provides maps to the 45-mile-long Washington and Old Dominion Trail, a "rails to trails" project. Originally, the W&OD was a railroad established in 1859 that ran trains over the line until 1968. When the railroad closed down, Virginia Electric and Power bought the right-of-way and installed high-tension wires to served the growing populace of Northern Virginia. In 1977, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority negotiated an agreement with Virginia Power to purchase the right-of-way in stages. In 1982, the NVRPA bought the last segment (though VA Power still maintains an easement for their lines). The route is paved in asphalt, making it ideal for bike riding, roller blading, and other sports that require a smooth surface. The NVRPA also added a number of improvements, including interpretive boards, waysides, drinking fountains, and landscaping. While the paved trail can be a little hard on the feet for hiking, it's still an interesting route worthy of exploration, running from Arlington, VA (where it connects to the Mt. Vernon Bike Path) west to Purcellville, VA (12 miles south of Harpers Ferry)

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Picture of the productGeology along Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive stretches for 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park. For the length of the drive, rock formations by the road and on mountainsides provide clues to the dramatic history of this area. Badger's easy-to-read book tells the story of these rock formations and of much of the magnificent scenery viewed from the Drive. With the help of color photos, maps, diagrams, and sidebars, the book does more than give a wealth of information: it is a truly fascinating read. Author: Robert Badger published by SNPA, 2004 revised edition, 2012 100 pages, 8 1/2" x 11", full-color photos

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Picture of the productNature Guide to Shenandoah National Park
We are currenly sold out of this book. We expect to have it back in stock in late August.

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Picture of the productWildflowers of Shenandoah National Park
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Picture of the productShenandoah Natl Park Official Handbook
(Whisnant, Whisnant and Silver,2011) In this first official handbook of Shenandoah National Park, the story of how a narrow strip of the Blue Ridge Mountains became a sanctuary - for harried city-dwellers and road-weary travelers, as well as black bears, peregrine falcons, and thousands of species of plants and animals - is told.

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