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  1. #11
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    Sam,
    I like the map from Nat. Geo #229. I like that it gives you good elevation detail.
    Does anybody know which map gives good description of the hiking trails and campsites?
    Thanks for the help.

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    that actually would be the book...hiking the smokies....uses the trail map with a narrative and elevation grid for every maintained trail in the park....also the trail map has locations of all back country campsites....book is written by people who have done the trails and is published by the association---shameless plug coming....available at all park stores.
    I started with nothing, and I have most of it left.
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    Is this book available at LRO or just at the park stores?
    Charlie B

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    I believe the book is sold in more places than just the Smokies Bookstore, but I'm not sure if its at LRO. I think I got mine at LRTC here in Maryville (but I could be wrong).

    Regardless, the book is a "must-have" if you do any hiking or are scouting for fishing/camping spots. Its a great companion to the the Trails Illustrated map of the Smokies.

    From cross referencing the book and the map I have put together an excel spreadsheet listing out the 46 backcountry campsites that are close to a stream that could be fished (theoretically). There are a few sites that might not have fishable water and I may have missed one or two, but the book and the map combined have provided much of the input (with some cross reference to Don Kirk's book as well)

    Here is what the spreadsheet looks like:


    Pretty geeky, I know...Hi, my name's Pete and I'm a Mapaholic...

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    Man, too bad you can't cut and paste your spreedsheet on here.

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    That is awesome pete! I wish i had the time to do something like that. Looks like it would come in extremely handy without having to search through books and/or maps.

    Craig

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    Craig and BRF, if you would like a copy, send me an e-mail and I'll send it back to you. I'm at petecz at charter.net

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    Send me a copy, Pete.

    Thanks.
    Charlie B

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    Yes, the national geographic map is great although I’ve found that the $1 visitor’s center map is just fine for navigating the trails. If you are going to do a lot of backcountry hiking, I recommend the book, “Hiking Trails of the Smokies”. It has wonderful written descriptions of every trail in the park. The info is very entertaining and practical. I don’t know whether they sell it at LRO. I know that you can get it at the park’s visitor centers. You can also get it online: find the park’s website, click “support your park” and click “bookstore“.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteCz View Post
    Craig and BRF, if you would like a copy, send me an e-mail and I'll send it back to you. I'm at petecz at charter.net
    Pete, if you don't mind would you be willing to send me a copy as well? Thanks.

    TB

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