Much more than a hiking guide – though exemplary in that regard – this book begins with an exposition of the ecology of the Southern Appalachian grassy bald and then examines the human history of the balds from the time before and after European settlement into the present, as well as the flora and fauna of the balds. Each hike has a map and at least one picture and includes easy-to-browse segments, where appropriate, on “Key Features,” “Highlights,” “Trail Description,” “Getting There,” and “Historical Notes.” The appendices provide lists of hikes in alphabetical order and in order of difficulty, and finally a list of relevant websites. “These mysterious, treeless mountain vistas have captivated visitors and scientists for decades. Fortunately they have also captured the attention of Amy Duernberger. Her guide melds science, cultural history, and travel tips and offers a clarion conservation call. Let Duernberger be your guide to these vanishing treasures.” Travis Knowles. “Perhaps most important, she emphasizes the sense of awe and wonder experienced by early explorers and today’s travelers in visiting these extraordinary areas.” – Peter D. Weigl. Amy Duernberger has worked for the Blue Ridge Parkway. She holds a masters degree in library and information science and lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Columbia: The University of South Carolina Press, 2017. 140 pages with an Index, Bibliography, appendices, maps and both color and black-and-white photos. Trade paperback