Guidebook Guru Allen DeHart Dies at 90

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Even if the name Allen DeHart doesn’t ring a bell for you, chances are you’re familiar with one of the hiking guidebooks in his prolific portfolio.

Born in Patrick County, Virginia along the path of the original Appalachian Trail, DeHart was a well-respected guidebook author, having written 11 hiking guides for Southeastern states that include of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In addition to his meticulous guidebook work, he also founded the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail, which was instrumental in the visualization and eventual conception of an uninterrupted footpath stretching from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to the far reaches of the Outer Banks.

Sadly, DeHart passed away last week at the age of 90, but his legacy as a conservationist, disseminator of valuable outdoor information, history professor, and long-time whistling enthusiast will live on.

Check out a few of his classic guidebooks below.

Meticulously researched and updated, this new edition of AMC’s popular guide offers the most comprehensive trail information available for North Carolina hikers.

Virginia has a wealth of areas to explore on foot, from the breathtaking vistas of the Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge to the historic sites of Yorktown and Appomattox and the striking island beaches of the Eastern Shore.

Hiking the Mountain State. 24th Edition.


Discover South Carolina’s best scenic wilderness trails, historic and interpretive trails, garden walks, and oceanside rambles with this thoroughly updated guide.


North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail offers some of the most rewarding hiking experiences in the East. Covering nearly 1,000 miles, it stretches from Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to Jockey’s Ridge, the largest sand dune on the Atlantic Coast.

The Triangle, which encompasses the area around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is consistently rated one of the best places in the nation to live and work. The new edition of this hiking guide reflects the changes that have occurred in the fifth-fastest-growing metropolitan region in the country during the decade since the book was first published.

See more of Allen DeHart’s books here

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