Historic Hiking Trails: A Directory of Over 900 Routes with Awards Available to Hikers

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Approximately 900 hiking trails in the United States take hikers along routes or past sites of historical importance and offer commemorative embroidered patches or other souvenirs of the outing. These trails allow hikers to gain a new appreciation for history and actually experience it, instead of only reading about it--and have something to show for their hike. The first comprehensive guide to those trails, this work covers routes in all fifty states and the District of Columbia as well as interstate trails. The book categorizes each as historic, meaning that it played some significant role in history; historical, meaning that it takes the hiker by or into buildings or sites that have some relationship to a significant person or event, but do not themselves figure in history; nature or scenic, because of the wildlife or scenery available along the way that can be viewed along with the historical site; or recreational, meaning that the trail was established for the long-distance hiker and history buff. Each entry also tells who the trail's sponsor is, if alternate means of transportation are allowed, location, length, route, type of terrain, what type of awards are given and any associated costs, registration requirements, and sites along the trail.

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Attorney Steve Rajtar is the author of numerous reference works. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.

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There are guides to national parks, guides to state parks, campground directories, and guides to hiking trails in specific geographical areas. This little book is unique in that its focus is on historic trails for which hikers receive awards such as patches or medals upon completion of the trail. Historic means that the trails are historically significant (for example, the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail) or take the hiker into or past buildings or sites that have some relationship to an event or person. Some trails are primarily recreational or scenic but provide access or proximity to historic sites.

Nine hundred routes in the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) are listed. The trails range in length from two miles to more than a thousand. They vary in terrain; some are wilderness trails, while others run through cities. All are maintained and sponsored by youth groups (such as the Boy Scouts), historical societies, or community groups. Trail entries are arranged by state. Each entry gives the location, type, and topography of the trail. Details regarding registration and awards are provided. There is a separate section listing interstate trails.

Both serious and recreational hikers will find this a useful guide. Theme travelers too will enjoy exploring the possibilities of including a relevant hike as part of their itinerary. Recommended for public libraries. RBB
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