18 Best Hiking Novels

Updated on: February 2023

Best Hiking Novels in 2023


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2023
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The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2023

Watch Me Disappear: A Novel

Watch Me Disappear: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2023

Happiness for Beginners: A Novel

Happiness for Beginners: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2023

Thumb Luck

Thumb Luck
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2023

Cheryl Strayed: Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Paperback); 2013 Edition

Cheryl Strayed: Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Paperback); 2013 Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2023

Americana (And The Act Of Getting Over It.)

Americana (And The Act Of Getting Over It.)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2023

The Strayed

The Strayed
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2023

The Bobcat: A Novel

The Bobcat: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2023

Mile 445: Hitched in Her Hiking Boots

Mile 445: Hitched in Her Hiking Boots
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2023

The River: A novel

The River: A novel
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2023

Hunted

Hunted
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2023

Strayed

Strayed
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2023

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Washington: Section Hiking from the Columbia River to Manning Park

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Washington: Section Hiking from the Columbia River to Manning Park
BESTSELLER NO. 14 in 2023

The Weight of Night: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series Book 3)

The Weight of Night: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series Book 3)
BESTSELLER NO. 15 in 2023

What We Find (Sullivan's Crossing Book 1)

What We Find (Sullivan's Crossing Book 1)
BESTSELLER NO. 16 in 2023

Force of Nature: A Novel

Force of Nature: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 17 in 2023

Backpacking with Dracula: On the Trail of Vlad "the Impaler" Dracula and the Vampire He Inspired

Backpacking with Dracula: On the Trail of Vlad
BESTSELLER NO. 18 in 2023

Best Hikes in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has some amazing hikes and beautiful scenery. It's perfect for anyone wanting to experience the outdoors!

One of the easier hikes begins in the northern region at Compton Gap where you can walk north along the AT for 1.5 miles along a relatively flat and easy trail before turning around. For those who would be willing to go an extra half mile there is an overlook at Possums Rest with a wonderful view as well as a place to rest for lunch or just for a snack.

Two more challenging hikes are Old Rag Mountain and Little Devils Stairs. These two are not for the faint of heart, although Old Rag is generally considered slightly easier it is also more popular (and therefore more crowded). Old Rag's popularity is largely due to the rock scramble near the summit, which can be reached via a circular hike that goes for seven miles or a roughly 5.5-mile back-and-forth hike. Several times during the hike real hand-over-hand climbing is required and it can be very difficult for those who aren't experienced, but there are multiple points with gorgeous 360-degree views. The climb itself is worth it for many people and the scenery just enhances the experience. Little Devils Stair has rock scrambles as well, though they are not as dramatic as those of Old Rag. And the setting is completely different for this 5.5-mile trek because it all takes place within the confines of the forest. But it's a beautiful hike and, if done at the right time can be one of the most enjoyable in the park for those who like challenges. Little Devils Stairs is best does on a cool day shortly after it has rained because there are some tremendous waterfalls that are absolutely fantastic if viewed at the right time. I prefer to do the hike in late winter/early spring right after the snow has melted or in late fall/early winter shortly after it rains. You'll get very hot on this trail and if you try it when the temperature is too high it will be very uncomfortable.

So start hiking and don't forget your water!

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