This section provides information and links which could not be included in the audiobook version. For readers unable to reference the companion National Trails Guide in print or e-book format, this list provides links organized by chapter.



Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Appalachian Trail Conservancy:

How to Hike the AT: The Nitty-Gritty Details, by Michelle Ray


Arizona National Scenic Trail

Arizona Trail Association:

Complete Guide to the Arizona National Scenic Trail, by Matthew Nelson

Crossing Arizona (a 2006 documentary)


Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Continental Divide Trail Coalition:

Best Hikes Along the Continental Divide (by Falcon Guides)

Hiker’s Guide to Montana’s Continental Divide Trail, Tad Brooks & Sherry Jones


Florida National Scenic Trail

Florida Trail Association:

Along the Florida Trail, by Sandra Friend

The Yearling and Cross Creek, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Ice Age Trail Alliance:

Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, David Mickelson

Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail, by Eric Sherman


Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Official NPS site:

Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway, by F. Lynne Bachleda


New England National Scenic Trail

NPS site:

American Experience: We Shall Remain (2009 PBS documentary)


North Country National Scenic Trail

North Country Trail Association:

Hikeable Segments of the North Country National Scenic Trail, North Country Trail Association

The North Country Trail: The Best Walks, Hikes and Backpacking Trips on America’s Longest National Scenic Trail, by Ron Strickland


Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

Pacific Crest Trail Association:

Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Bill Walker

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed

Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon and Washington, by Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Andy Selters


Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail

Pacific Northwest Trail Association:

Pathfinder: Blazing a New Wilderness Trail in Modern America, by Ron Strickland

The Twilight Saga (2008-2012 film series shot along Washington’s trail corridor)


Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

“Step back to life in the 1830s” by renting historic lockhouses along the C&O Canal for the night:

Harpers Ferry rafting, zip lines, ropes course and horseback riding:
Potomac Heritage Trail – A Hikers Guide
, by David Edwin Lillard & Ed Talone



Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail

Ala Kahakai’s official NPS site:

Halema’uma’u Crater may be volcanically active during your visit:

Always check for alerts and other news at


California National Historic Trail

California Trail: Voyage of Discovery, Story Behind the Scenery, by Charles Dodd

American Experience: The Donner Party (1992 PBS documentary)


Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and others collaborate to oversee a system of hundreds of recreation and conservation sites:


El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

Journey into the Land of Trials, by Manley Cobia, Jr.

The Far Battleground, F.M. Parker


El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

Following the Royal Road: A Guide to the Historic Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, by Hal Jackson

Bosque del Apache:


Iditarod National Historic Trail

Iditarod: Great Race to Nome, by Bill Sherwonit. As a writer for the Anchorage Times, Sherwonit traveled the entire Iditarod route on assignment. An excellent “coffee table book” with superb photography and fascinating stories about the race.


Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

NPS Anza Trail hub:

Deep California: Images and Ironies of Cross and Sword on El Camino Real, Craig Chalquist

The Anza Trail and the Settling of California, by Vladimir Guerrero


Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

NPS site:

Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation:

Lewis and Clark’s complete journals: You can experience Lewis and Clark’s personal journals from a variety of books. Lewis and Clark’s accounts are the most widely read, although the journals from the other members of the Corps, including Private Whitehouse, provide additional color and unexpected details on the expedition.

Undaunted Courage: This book by Stephen Ambrose gives you an epic, intimate view into their experiences living and adventuring together, a real human insight.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery: Ken Burns’ 1997 PBS documentary about the corps is nothing short of masterful.


Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

NPS website:

LDS history website:

Trail Of Hope: The Story Of The Mormon Trail, by Lee Groberg

The Mormon Trail: Yesterday and Today, by William E. Hill


Nez Perce National Historic Trail

The West (Ken Burns’ PBS documentary) – episode 6 “Fight No More Forever”

Following the Nez Perce Trail, by Cheryl Wilfong

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy, by Kent Nerburn


Old Spanish National Historic Trail

NPS site:

Old Spanish Trail Association:


Oregon National Historic Trail

NPS site:

Thunder Over the Ochoco, by Gale Ontko *Great local views of native history

Traveling the Oregon Trail, by Julie Fanselow (Falcon Guide)

The Oregon Trail, by Francis Parkman (firsthand account from 1830s)

Meek’s Cutoff (2011 film) A modern look at one woman’s journey on the Oregon Trail


Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

NPS site (including interactive maps):

Overmountain Victory Trail Association:

The Overmountain Men, by Pat Alderman

Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads, by Carolyn Sakowski


Pony Express National Historic Trail

NPS site:

NPEA’s Annual Re-Ride:

The Pony Express Trail: Yesterday and Today, by William Hill

The Traveler’s Guide to the Pony Express Trail, by Joe Bensen

Spirit of the Pony Express (2012) 150th anniversary documentary


Santa Fe National Historic Trail

NPS site:

Santa Fe Trail Association:

The Santa Fe Trail: Yesterday and Today, by William Hill

Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847

On the Santa Fe Trail, by Marc Simmons


Selma To Montgomery National Historic Trail

NPS site:

On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail, Charles E. Cobb

From Selma to Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo, by Mary Stanton


Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Francis Scott Key: Life and Times, by Edward S. Delaplaine


Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

NPS site:

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum:

Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears, by Theda Perdue & Michael Green

It’s My Trail, Too: A Comanche Indian’s Journey on the Cherokee Trail of Tears,
by Ronald Cooper


Washington-Rochambeau RR National Historic Trail

NPS site:

Yorktown site:

Rochambeau: Washington’s Ideal Lieutenant, by Jini Jones Vail

This Glorious Struggle: George Washington’s Revolutionary War Letters, by Edward G. Lengel