2020 Foreword Indie Book of the Year Winner – Nature
Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks: Extraordinary Hikes in Exceptional Places
Walk the national parks and find out for yourself why they’re “America’s best idea” and why walking is the richest way to experience and appreciate these iconic places. There can be no better guides than Bob and Martha Manning, longtime Hiking Ambassadors for the American Hiking Society and life-long stalwarts of the National Park System. In this book, the Mannings introduce and describe all the national parks and offer first-hand descriptions of the very best trails that lead walkers to quintessential scenic vistas, celebrated rivers and lakes, majestic waterfalls, outstanding wildlife viewing areas, significant historic and prehistoric sites, and much more. These walks range from short nature trails to half and full-day hikes to backpacking trips. The book is richly illustrated with hundreds of color photographs, and concludes with a wealth of practical advice on how to best visit and hike the national parks.
ROBERT MANNING is Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont where he taught the history, philosophy, and management of national parks and conducted a longterm program of research for the US National Park Service.
MARTHA MANNING is an artist whose work is inspired by the out-of-doors; her work has appeared in national shows and publications. Bob and Martha have lived, worked, and walked extensively in the national parks. Their website is: www.extraordinaryhikes.com.
“Bob and Martha encourage us to take a hike for our health, to experience the national parks at pedestrian speed, and to connect with the national parks on a personal level. Follow them and you can walk in the footsteps of all who have devoted their lives to protecting the national parks and the planet we call home.”
— Jon Jarvis, 18th Director of the National Park Service