Georgia beckons hikers with nearly 1,000 miles of trails that tunnel through flowering rhododendron thickets, follow wild streams of the northern mountains, crisscross historic parks in rolling foothills, and wind among towering pines of the coastal plain. Hiking Georgia, formerly The Hiker's Guide to Georgia, the only guide to the entire state, covers well-known areas but also introduces hikers to some relatively undiscovered places. Hiking Georgia, by Donald W. Pfitzer, naturalist and former assistant regional director for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Southeast Region, describes more than 100 trails that vary in length and difficulty. Choose from an easy one-hour stroll along a quiet nature trail, a trek along 80 miles of the Appalachian Trail, or a medium distance that suits you. The book contains accurate, up-to-date information, detailed maps, and black-and-white photos that depict the landscape of the Peach State's backcountry: the come-hither curve of an insectivorous swamp plant, rivers and waterfalls, cannons resting permanently on historic battlefields. It also includes tips on hiking with children and backcountry safety and ethics. Whether you're looking for a long backpacking adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains or an easy family hike within minutes of downtown Atlanta, Hiking Georgia is an essential source to Georgia's beautiful parklands and backcountry.