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.
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