With its prominent profile recognizable for miles around and featuring vistas among the most beloved in the Appalachians, North Carolina's Grandfather Mountain is many things to many people: an easily recognized landmark along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a popular tourist destination, a site of annual Highland Games, and an internationally recognized nature preserve. In this definitive book on Grandfather, Randy Johnson guides readers on a journey through the mountain's history, from its geological beginnings millennia ago and the early days of exploration to its role in regional development and eventual establishment as a North Carolina state park. Along the way, he shows how Grandfather has changed, and has been changed by, the people of western North Carolina and beyond.To tell the full natural and human story, Johnson draws not only on historical sources but on his rich personal experience working closely on the mountain alongside Hugh Morton and others. The result is a unique and personal telling of Grandfather's lasting significance. The book includes more than 200 historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and a practical guide to hiking the extensive trails, appreciating key plant and animal species and photographing the natural wonder that is Grandfather.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Randy Johnson is an accomplished travel editor and writer. He founded Grandfather Mountain's modern trail management program in 1978, was backcountry manager until 1990, and serves on Grandfather Mountain State Park's Advisory Committee.
What People are Saying About This
Randy Johnson's telling of Grandfather's story reads like a James Michener novel, with a passion and depth that can only come from being shaped by the mountain. He impresses that passion upon his reader.Vicky Jarrett, former editor, Our State Magazine
In this loving tribute Randy Johnson has captured the majesty of this national treasure. Through spectacular photographs and a lively, deeply researched narrative, Johnson celebrates the glory of 'the Grandfather' of mountains as no one else has. This volume is both a practical guide for those discovering the area, and a work of art commensurate with the grandeur of the mountain itself.Robert Morgan, author of Lions of the West
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was so excited when I saw this book at a gift shop on my recent visit to the mountains. Sadly, I had to wait until I got back home to purchase it as the book is the size of a coffee table book and would not pack well on our motorcycle. I was hooked from the beginning on the easy-to-read information, as well as the terrific photographs that it held within its pages. I have visited Grandfather Mountain many times. It is one of my favorite places to visit and view in the North Carolina Mountains. The hiking trails are amazing and really make me feel like a "legit" hiker. This book really detailed a complete history of all aspects of the mountain, some of which I found other books to be lacking. I was fascinated by the maps and photographs that helped to tell about Grandfather Mountain in detail. I found the chapter about the hiking trails to be especially interesting as I have hiked there several times and still get a rush thinking about the MacRae Peak ladders. I also never knew just how much Hugh Morton had done in North Carolina, for example helping to acquire the USS North Carolina. Johnson was very thorough in this book and his passion for the area comes across well in this text. I was thrilled to read it and am already looking forward to my next trip to Grandfather Mountain.