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Handy guide to hiking Shenandoah National Park

December 5, 2012 3:46pm

Shenandoah NP in winter. View from Pignut Mountain. Credit:

With 46 (and counting) titles to his name, Johnny Molloy might be the most prolific outdoors guidebook writer on the planet. If there’s an official statistic on the subject, I’m not sure where it resides. But I know Molloy has got to be in the conversation.

I profiled the Johnson City, Tenn.-based writer this past Sunday in my T-D Outdoors column. His most recent effort is called “Top Trails: Shenandoah National Park — Must-Do Hikes for Everyone.” It’s a great reference for experienced and newbie hikers alike and not a bad idea as a stocking stuffer for that mountains-loving someone on your Christmas list.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?