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Johnny Molloy

Johnny Molloy

In spite of a disastrous first camping trip to Smoky Mountain National Park, Johnny Molloy developed a life-long passion for the outdoors, which he continues today. He has published numerous books including hiking guides to Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee as well as tent camping guides to Florida, Colorado, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Smokies. He is a resident of Nashville, Tennessee.

Recent Trekalong Posts By Johnny Molloy

  • Enjoying the Outdoors – Tip #1

    Try New Places Open Your Mind If you hike the mountains, try the beach. If you live in the West, try the East. One area makes you realize the beauty of another, or it confirms how beautiful your place is. I used to think the Souther...

  • Drinking Water in the Backcountry has its Options

    I drink untreated water. No, I m not talking about down Mexico way (I did that and got sick). I m talking about drinking water in the backcountry in the United States. I ve drank from swamps down in Florida and wilderness rivers i...

  • Enjoying the Outdoors – Tip #2

    Roll with the Punches the Outside Ain t the Inside If you get rained on realize that s what makes the creeks flow, the rivers go and fills the waterfalls with water. You might get lost. Keep a cool head and backtrack to your las...

  • Enjoying the Outdoors – Tip #3

    Combine Activities Hike and picnic; Hike and camp; Paddle and camp; Hike and paddle; Fish and paddle, etc. Bring along a guidebook to combine nature study with your adventure. Do all the above at once. When you kill two birds with one s...

  • Enjoying the Outdoors – Tip #4

    Support and Report to All Agencies When you go to a public parcel of land whether it be a national forest, national park, state park, greenbelt or city park report your findings to the appropriate governing body. It puts the place y...

  • Enjoying the Outdoors – Tip #5

    Turn on a Friend It s fun to share your favorite activities with others. You make memories together. Whether you are fishing, hunting, hiking, paddling or camping — gear the event to them. There might be a great view from the to...


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Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2nd edition
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Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 2nd edition
Johnny Molloy


Johnny Molloy, who has spent more than 800 nights backpacking in the Smokies, has updated his classic guide Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This revised edition has been completely updated, including the new backcountry reservation system implemented in the park.

He has also added some excellent hikes, some of them well off the beaten path. For example, the hike to Baskins Creek Falls takes you past a pioneer homesite and to a scenic cascade overshadowed by more popular waterfalls nearby, making it an ideal destination for those who want to escape the crowds.

Additionally, Johnny--who considers the Smokies his home stomping ground--makes sure that all the necessary information to help you execute a hike (from directions to maps) is correct. New photos add flair to the book.

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Top Trails: Shenandoah National Park, 2nd edition
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Top Trails: Shenandoah National Park, 2nd edition
Johnny Molloy


Must-do hikes in Shenandoah National Park

Top Trails: Shenandoah National Park by acclaimed outdoors writer Johnny Molloy saves readers the time and frustration of finding the perfect hikes to suit their desires. With hundreds of miles of trails running like veins down and along a narrow mountain spine, Shenandoah National Park is a heavily visited destination with millions of guests each year. This book makes the backcountry majesty of Shenandoah more accessible to visitors.

This easy-access, reference-type guide presents a variety of hikes from which to choose. The majority of the hikes steer you toward the most scenic areas, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your time on the trail instead of behind someone’s car. Most hikes seek solitude to maximize your Shenandoah experience. However, as the subtitle of this book suggests, there are some “must-do” hikes that are popular. Consequently, a few hikes traverse popular and potentially crowded areas. Each hike has a “best times” that will help you manage the trails to your advantage.

Day hiking is the best and most popular way to “break into” the Shenandoah wilderness. But for those with the inclination to see the mountain cycle from day to night and back again, many hikes in this book can be used by backpackers as well. Backpackers must follow park backcountry camping regulations and practice “leave no trace” wilderness-use etiquette. Backpackers can capture the changing moods of the mountains as day turns to night, as weather cycles with the sun, as the permanent park residents go about their business of surviving and reproducing.

With the Top Trails winning formula of easy-to-follow maps for every hike, trail-feature charts, feature icons, "don't get lost" trail milestones, and GPS waypoints, readers can easily identify the right trail for their interests, abilities, and available time.



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