Finding a good bibliography puts you a step ahead in the research
game; somebody else has already done a lot of work on your behalf. There's a lot of
information out there and hopefully the following resources will help narrow the search
for the information you need.
Most of the publications are for sale at local
book and outdoor stores. If you can't find a publication locally
give the Backpacker (1215 Wayne Street, Columbia) a call at
Trail Description Publications
South Carolina, 1998.
John Clark and John Dantzler, Falcon Publishing, 301 pages with maps
The authors explore over 60 of the best
hikes across the state, providing accurate, informative trail
descriptions and detailed maps. A locator map pinpoints the trail
locations and the appendices offer additional helpful information.
Biking South Carolina, 1998.
Nicole Blouin, Falcon Publishing, 147 pages with maps and photos.
Discover 40 of the best mountain bike
rides in the Palmetto State. Detailed ride descriptions make it easy
to find the trailheads and follow the routes - helping you stay on
track with easy-to-read maps and ratings for physical and technical
Carolina Trails, 1994, 3rd ed.
Allen De Hart, Globe Pequot Press, 352 pages with maps and
up-to-date third edition describes more than 200 of South Carolina's
best scenic wilderness trails, historic and interpretive trails,
garden walks, oceanside paths - even a hike to the boyhood home of
President Andrew Jackson. The ideal companion to hiking, backpacking,
and just strolling in beautiful South Carolina. Detailed descriptions
of each trail (length, interconnections, access, and degree of
difficulty) are enhanced by personal observation, historical anecdote,
and literary reference.
Biker's Guide to the Southeast, 1994.
Lori Finley, Menasha Ridge Press and Falcon Press, 240 pages with maps
to fifty-nine classic mountain bike rides of Florida, coastal Georgia,
and the coastal plain of South Carolina. Mountain bikers of all
abilities will enjoy the assortment of rides - varying in length and
difficulty and appealing to a variety of moods, skill, and fitness
levels. Detailed route descriptions and maps will guide you to the
best trails around. Finley describes 16 trails in five areas
(Georgetown, Francis Marion National Forest, Charleston, Edisto
Island, and Beaufort/Hilton Head) of South Carolina.
Guide to the
Foothills Trail, 1998, Third Edition.
Foothills Trail Conference, 110 pages with foldout topographical maps.
FTC, PO Box 3041, Greenville, SC 29602 - 864-467-9537.
The Foothills Trail (hikers only)
offers more than 100 miles of backcountry beauty from Jones Gap State
Park to Oconee State Park. This guidebook is designed to provide the
hiker with the information needed to plan effective and enjoyable
trips on the Foothills Trail. To assist such planning, the Foothills
Trail has been segmented according to accessibility by either road or
boat. Each Trail section is briefly described, noting water and
campsite availability as well as other points of historical or
Bridge Trails, 1994.
Naturaland Trust, 249 pages with maps. (Printed on Kimdura 110, a
tear-resistant and water-repellent paper.)
thirteen "main" trails and four "connector" trails
in the Mountain Bridge area. The Mountain Bridge is a spectacular
40,000-acre wilderness located in the northwestern corner of South
Carolina. As a part of the Blue Ridge Escarpment the wilderness forms
a narrow, 45-mile corridor along the state line that
"bridges" Caesars Head and Jones Gap Stations of the
Mountain Bridge State Natural Area.
South Carolina: A Guide to Palmetto State River Trails, 1990,
Gene Able & Jack Horan, Sandlapper Publishing Co. Inc., 135 pages
with maps and photos.
From the whitewater of the Chattooga to
the tidewater of the Ashepoo, from the quick-moving Tyger to the
winding, blackwater mystique of the Edisto, the authors have surveyed
27 of South Carolina's rivers. The result is a book that describes
more than 1,200 miles suitable for paddling and other types of
boating, lists accesses to the rivers, and places each river in a
historical and ecological context.
Journal: Walks in the Natural Areas of South Carolina, 1995.
Phillip Manning, John F. Blair, Publisher, 238 pages with maps and
Each of the fifteen walks featured in
this book represents a distinctive natural environment found in South
Carolina. The author travels from the great birding trails of Cape
Romain to the ancient cypresses in the blackwater swamp of Francis
Beidler Forest; from Santee Coastal Reserve where fifty thousand ducks
winter each year to Caesars Head State Park with its huge tulip
poplars. By centering each walk around one or two notable natural or
historical facts, Manning weaves a rich essay about each area. He
supplements these essays with practical information such as maps,
details of who to contact and where to stay, and suggested reading
South Carolina: Wild and Natural Places, 1995.
Gene Able, Palmetto Byways Press, 133 pages.
Based on the author's experiences and
first-hand research, this book takes the reader from mountain peak to
pristine sea island beach and all the stops in between. Mountain
wilds, river wilds, swamps and Carolina bays, state parks, national
wildlife refuges, sand hills, and Fall line geological areas of
interest, national and state forests, coastal preserves, tidewater
rice-field ecology, waterfall country, and Heritage Trust preserves
across the State are included. Locator maps, directions, phone numbers
for where to get more information, and geographical and climatic data
make the book a valuable asset to the dedicated outdoors types as well
as the occasional day-tripper.
Carolina – A Guide to Backcountry Travel & Adventure, 1997.
Morrison Giffen, Out There Press, 262 pages.
This book covers close to 100 natural
areas across the entire state. It is written with the outdoor
generalist in mind. If you like to hike, camp, mountain bike, paddle,
or fish there's information here to help you decide where to go and
how to get there. Important facts like precise directions, location of
trailheads, boat launches, and campground opening and closing dates
Carolina Nature Viewing Guide, 1998.
Patricia Jerman for SC Dept. of Natural Resources, 112 pages with
color photos and map.
A guide to ninety-three of the best and
most easily accessible nature viewing sites in South Carolina. The
guide includes detailed descriptions of the sites, maps, access
information, nature viewing tips, and color photographs of the
feautred areas. The sites were nominated by people from across the
state, and final selections were made by a panel of natural resources
experts who provided technical support in the research and development
of this guide.
Waterfalls of South Carolina Third Edition
Brooks and Tim Cook,
A guide to 31 publicly accessible
waterfalls in the upstate counties of Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens.
A brief description of each waterfall and directions to get to it, are
accompanied by a beautiful photograph.
1314 Lincoln St., Suite 213, Columbia, SC 29201 ::
Trail Construction and
Trail Planning, Construction and
Maintenance: A Bibliography
College of Natural Resources
University of Minnesota
2003 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108
First published in 1984 as University of Minnesota Agricultural
Experiment Station Miscellaneous Publication No. 26 and updated in 1992 and in 1996, it is
now available on a WWW site. The Forestry Library updates it as
often as new publications come in. This bibliography brings together literature that will enable trail planners,
managers, and users to benefit from what others have learned through research and
experience. The database is set up to be "word" searched or browsed by topic.
All publications cited are in the collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries and
are available by standard interlibrary loan through your nearest library.
The Greenways Archive
Special Collections Department
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
The Greenways Archive is in the process of
collecting publications pertaining to recreational and environmental
green spaces, rails-to-trails, open space parks, and landscape design.
The core of their current publications were donated by Charles Little
in 1991 after publication of his book Greenways for America.
USDA, Forest Service Publications
A collection of publications
dealing with trail construction equipment .
This Web site is intended to help land
managers and engineers select trail bridge types, decks, rail systems,
abutment systems, and materials.