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Appalachian Mountain Travel

On this page you'll find information on hiking and backpacking into the Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia sections of the Appalachian Mountains, often referred to as the Alleghenies.

Selected Books

Adams, Noah
Far Appalachia: Following the New River North
F247.N5 A33 2001
The host of NPR's All Things Considered and a native of eastern Kentucky, Adams takes readers on a year-long journey along the New River through Appalachia by canoe, bicycle and white-water raft.
Bonta, Marcia
Appalachian Winter
PENNA QH105.P4 B66 2005
Fourth (and final) volume in BontaUs seasonal musings on the natural world surrounding her 650-acre home in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. Explores the often hidden beauty and outdoor life of North American winters. Check out her earlier works: Appalachian Spring, Appalachian Summer and Appalachian Autumn.
Moon Handbooks: Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains
F217.B6 M66 2010 1st ed.
Virginia native Deborah Huso offers her firsthand experience and advice on the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains — including North Carolina High Country and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Road Trip USA. Appalachian Trail
GV1024.R6879x 2010 1st ed.
You don't feel like hiking 3,000 miles? Take the car and follow the scenic roads that come very close to paralleling the pedestrian route.
Weidensaul, Scott
Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians
QH104.5.A6 W45 1994
Scott Weidensaul has spent all his life in the Appalachian ranges of eastern Pennsylvania. In this book, he shows how geology, ecology, climate, evolution and more than 10,000 years of human history have shaped one of the continent's greatest landscape features into an ecosystem of unmatched diversity and beauty.


Appalachian Trail: The Beaten Path / A Documentary
(DVD) GV199.42.A68 A6585 2012x
Historians and hiking enthusiasts present a chronicle of the Appalachian Trail, from its origin as an idea of one Byron MacKaye in 1921 to the first thru-hike of the full 2,180 mile distance in 1948 to the present day.
Four Seasons
(DVD) QH104.5.A6 F683 2009x
Presents the sights and sounds of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee as seen during the different seasons, featuring: Mount Mitchell, Roan Mountain, Grandfather Mountain, Cold Mountain, Whitewater Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Hebron Rock Colony, Twisted Falls, Steels Falls, Linville Falls, Lost Cove.

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General Sites

  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
    The Appalachian Trail is a continuous marked footpath that goes from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, a distance of about 2160 miles.
  • Blue Ridge Country Magazine
    Links from the Blue Ridge Country magazine to sites in the Blue Ridge states: Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park Service)
    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469 mile recreational motor road that protects the cultural and natural features of the Blue Ridge while connecting Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (Blue Ridge Parkway Association)
    A scenic drive that runs along the mountains for 469 miles, connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
  • Great Smoky Mountains Association
    Order books, maps and guides before you go!
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park, comprised of 521,000 acres in Tennessee and North Carolina.
  • Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
    The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is a five-day program of conducted nature walks, motorcades and photographic tours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the end of April.
  • Visit Appalachia
    To help visitors plan their travels in Appalachia, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), with guidance from its Tourism Advisory Council, developed this website to provide information on travel destinations within Appalachia and resources for those seeking to visit the Appalachian Region.

Pittsburgh Region

According to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), all of Western Pennsylvania is within Appalachia.

  • Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
    Information about the mountains directly to the east of Pittsburgh, from the official tourism promotion agency for the region in Southwestern Pennsylvania comprising Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland Counties.
  • The Alleghenies
    Travel information from visitor bureaus throughout the Pennsylvania section of the Appalachian Mountain range (The Alleghenies), covering 8 regions from Johnstown and the Laurel Highlands to State College.


  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail
    The Appalachians are known for their moonshine and Kentucky produces more than 95 percent of the world's bourbon whiskey and this web site provides visitor information about some of the most famous distilleries, including Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey.
  • KET: Kentucky Life
    A weekly public television series celebrating the people and places of Kentucky. Some are available to watch online.
  • Lexington, Kentucky: The Athens of the West
    A National Park Service National Register of Historic Places Travel itinerary. This itinerary highlights 29 of its historic places that convey the story of Lexington's charm, development and renewed interest in this city's sense of the past.
  • Louisville
    From the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau



North Carolina

  • Explore Ashville
    The official tourism site of the town nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Grandfather Mountain
    Grandfather Mountain, highest peak in the Blue Ridge, is the only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve and considered the most biologically diverse mountain in eastern North America. Located near Linville, North Carolina.


  • Appalachian Ohio
    Although this is an economic development site for the region, it also provides information on things to do and tourism.


  • Museum of Appalachia
    Located in Norris, Tennessee, the Museum of Appalachia is a living history museum of pioneer, frontier, and early artifacts of mountain life in the Southern Appalachians. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Tennessee Vacations
    A website from the state Department of Tourist Development. East Tennessee is the region of the Great Smokey Mountains.