Five Star Trails: Asheville
Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes
By Appalachian Trail record holder, Jennifer Pharr Davis
As the only guide to focus solely on the Asheville area, Five-Star Trails: Asheville presents trails for the hiker in all of us. Whether readers are novices, families, experienced hikers, or backpackers, this guide is sure to inspire them to hit the trails.
Five-Star Trails: Asheville leads hikers off the beaten path to find exceptional beauty as well as peace of mind. Armed with this pocket sized guide, hikers will enjoy strolls through the woods, adventurous treks into the Blue Ridge Mountains, and breathtaking waterfall vistas, plus much more!
This book offers easy-to-moderate trails that are within driving distance of the Asheville area. Without this book, readers might miss the hidden hiking treasures of Asheville, but with the expert help of Jennifer Pharr Davis, they’re sure to enjoy 35 of the region’s best trails!
Each hike is ranked for scenery, trail condition, child accessibility, difficulty, and solitude. Five-Star Trails: Asheville includes many features that make it a must-have guide, including:
· GPS trailhead coordinates
· Driving directions
· Individual trail maps
· Elevation profiles
· Essential at-a-glance trail information
Jennifer Pharr Davis grew up in the North Carolina Mountains, where she developed a love for hiking at a young age. At age 21, Jennifer hiked the entire Appalachian Trail as a solo female and fell in love with long-distance backpacking. On July 31, 2011 Jennifer completed the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, becoming the Appalachian Trail Overall Record Holder.
Jennifer has hiked 11,000 miles of trails in North America, including the Pacific Crest Trail, Vermont’s Long Trail, the Colorado Trail, and completed three thru-hikes on the Appalachian Trail. She has hiked and traveled on six continents; some of the highlights include Mount Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and the 600-mile Bibbulmun Track in Australia.
Jennifer has written for Trail Runner magazine, Away.com, and is a frequent contributor to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. She has written two North Carolina guidebooks for Falcon Press and Menasha Ridge Press.
Her adventure memoir, Becoming Odyssa, was released by Beaufort Books in November 2010. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, and is the owner and founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Co.