A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

When Bill Bryson decides he wants to hike the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, he buys an unreasonable amount of equipment and calls his old, curmudgeonly friend Katz to join him.  And then he reads way more about bear attacks than seems advisable.  As Bryson and Katz set off into the wilderness to walk from Georgia to Maine, they discover their limitations as long-distance hikers and encounter both the beauty and the strangeness of the American woods.

"Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot.  A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception.  The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know.  Planetary scale is your little secret."

Bill Bryson is the author of various travel books, including Neither Here Nor There and In a Sunburned Country, as well as non-fiction such as At Home and The Mother Tongue.  Bryson currently lives in England with his family.

Published:  1997
Length:  397 pages
Set in:  Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, United States