By Jennifer Pharr Davis
Five-Star Trails Asheville offers in-depth trails descriptions, instructions, and statement on what to anticipate alongside the way in which. every one hike good points someone path map, elevation profile, and at-a-glance info, aiding readers fast locate definitely the right trip.
Sized to slot in a pocket, the book's exact path descriptions might help readers locate their manner off and on the path. riding instructions and GPS trailhead coordinates can help with navigating the myriad of unnamed roads. the paths coated diversity from these most fitted to the beginner, households, skilled hikers, or backpackers.
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Hike on open trails only. Respect trail and road closures (ask if not sure), avoid possible trespassing on private land, and obtain all permits and authorization as required. Also, leave gates as you found them or as marked. Be courteous to other hikers, bikers, equestrians, and others you encounter on the trails. Never spook animals. An unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise startles most animals. A surprised animal can be dangerous to you, to others, and to itself. Give them plenty of space.
Also, remember that the temperature in Asheville is often much warmer than on top of the surrounding mountaintops. On your hike, be prepared for a 10–20 degree drop in temperature and stronger winds than are present on the valley floor. If you are a fan of spotting wildlife, consider planning your trek for the hours that coincide with dawn and dusk. This is the best time to spot bears, turkey, and deer. Pay particular attention to the trail during the heat of the day, as this is the time when snakes typically enjoy stretching across the trail and sunbathing.