Mark Taylor, The Roanoke Times, July 3, 2003
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the busiest national parks, but that's largely because many drivers use it simply to get from Point A to Point B.
The parkway also offers some great outdoor recreation, of course. It has great access to hundreds of excellent hiking trails and bike rides, and is itself a popular biking route. Two authors have released books focusing on those opportunities.
Randy Johnson tackles the foot-travel side of things with "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway."
With Johnson's exhaustive guide in hand, a hiker could walk for years. The book includes nearly 50 chapters. Some focus only on a single route, but many include several trails in an area. Each write-up gives easy directions on how to reach the trailhead and detailed descriptions of the hiking route itself, including its length and difficulty. The accompanying topographic maps are excellent. Johnson also includes plenty of information about the scenery - both natural and man-made - along the way.
The 300-plus page softcover, published by Falcon Guides, is $16.95.