Posted by Jeff on Nov 20, 2020 at 6:57 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: November 18, 2020
The Smokies’ Favorite 100 Trails and Carolina Blue Ridge, an essential guide for avid hikers, have been updated for the first time in 25 years.
The guide includes a colored map printed on waterproof paper so that hikers can follow the trails. 27 of the hiking trails listed in the guide are in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Originally created in 1966 by Bernard Elias, who hiked 10 to 12 trails per year and updated the information with a special shorthand he created. The map he made was an instant hit with avid hikers – their portable package of the best hikes in both the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.
Elias updated the Favorite 100 Paths map 13 times until it was last printed in 1993 when his age prevented him from following many of the map’s paths.
While previous versions of the map included hiking trails more geared towards backpackers, the updated edition focuses on day hikes of varying lengths in the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains.
The newly updated map and guide became available for $ 12.95 in the park’s visitor center bookstores and the GSMA online store, smokiesinformation.org.
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