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Book spotlights 48 multiday hikes in Georgia, Tennessee

Backpacking Overnights: North Georgia Mountains and Southeast Tennessee by Jim Parham includes 48 suggested hikes with maps, complete driving and hiking directions, elevation gain, trail highlights, campsites, water sources and trailhead GPS coordinates. The book also includes invaluable information to help readers choose gear, pick a route and prepare for their backpacking

The Blue Ridge begins in North Georgia and is home to the southern terminus of the world-famous Appalachian Trail. Together with Southeast Tennessee, this region boasts thousands of miles of trails where backpackers can explore fabulous state parks, remote wilderness areas and everything in between.

Routes in this guide range from 3-mile hikes to a more intense 21-mile journey. The guide highlights destinations like the historic stone shelter atop Blood Mountain; the remote waterfalls at Three Forks, which are located deep inside the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River corridor; and mile-high Stratton Bald, which sits along the Tennessee/North Carolina line.

Choose a beginner-friendly trip with a clifftop view, rockhop across pristine mountain streams where swimming holes beckon on hot summer days or challenge yourself on steep summit ascents.

Parham grew up in North Georgia and is the author of numerous outdoor guidebooks.