Mountain Miles

A Memoir of Section Hiking the Southern Appalachian Trail

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About the Book

The Appalachian Mountains are a well-known world treasure, perhaps the most biodiverse region on the planet. This book spans almost six years and 500 miles of hiking by the author along the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail. A fresh perspective is brought to the subculture of “AT” hikers. The path of the trail crosses many areas that featured dramatic family events, and the author weaves in compelling stories of his ancestors who called this ancient mountain range home. Also explored are a multitude of topics ranging from environmental challenges to the modern day problems facing residents of the region.

About the Author(s)

Mark Clegg works in financial services and is co-owner of Raison de Rétro, a vintage books and antiques business. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Mark Clegg

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 215
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7722-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3679-5
Imprint: Toplight

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3

Part I: Someday Comes
Section Hike 1: Springer Mountain to Unicoi Gap, Georgia.
April 22–26, 2013 (51 Miles) 7
Section Hike 2: Unicoi Gap, Georgia, to Standing Indian
Mountain, North Carolina. November 2–5, 2013 (40 Miles) 34

Part II: HYOH (Hike Your Own Hike)
Section Hike 3: Standing Indian Mountain to Wayah Gap,
North Carolina. October 11–13, 2014 (30 Miles) 53
Section Hike 4: Wayah Gap to Fontana Dam, North Carolina.
April 25–29, 2015 (51 Miles) 61
Section Hike 5: Fontana Dam, North Carolina, to Newfound
Gap, Tennessee. October 23–26, 2015 (40 Miles) 81
Section Hike 6: Newfound Gap, Tennessee, to Hot Springs,
North Carolina. April 24–29, 2016 (67 Miles) 95

Part III: Goodbye to the Bear
Section Hike 7: Hot Springs, North Carolina, to Erwin,
Tennessee. October 9–14, 2016 (70 Miles) 121
Section Hike 8: Erwin to Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
April 29–May 3, 2017 (50 Miles) 143
Section Hike 9: Roan Mountain, Tennessee, to Damascus,
Virginia. October 7–14, 2018 (77 Miles) 162

Notes 197
Bibliography 202
Index 203