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Adventure Guide to the Triangle

Maia Dery

John F. Blair, Publisher
$19.95 paperback
5 ½ x 8 ½     
452 pages
black-and-white photos & maps throughout
April 2005

Many residents of North Carolina’s populous Triangle area are unaware of the full range of hiking, mountain biking, road biking, and paddling opportunities in their own backyard.

Adventure Guide to the Triangle is a comprehensive overview of outdoor recreation in the immediate area and several outlying counties easily accessible to locals and visitors.

This book will acquaint you with the following, among many other attractions:

  • The Raleigh Greenways, said to be the first comprehensive local greenways system in the United States

  • The closed-to-motorboats Beaverdam Lake, a great place for sea kayaking and flat-water canoeing

  • American Tobacco Trail, an extensive rails-to-trails project

  • White Pines Nature Preserve, which offers beautiful trails among towering tree species surviving from the last ice age

  • Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, where you can hike from the bank of the Eno River to the highest point in Orange County

  • North Line Trace, a scenic road biking route in the gentle hills north of the Triangle

  • The Cape Fear River, where whitewater action and a canoe camping trip are among the many possibilities

  • Raven Rock State Park, where a hiking trail leads to a 150-foot river cliff


“Maia Dery's Adventure Guide To The Triangle refers to North Carolina's Triangle area, where one can enjoy a range of outdoor activities from mountain and road biking to hiking and sea kayaking. Visitors and residents alike will find plenty of sports and outdoors-oriented suggestions, including clear directions and line maps for locating the area, difficulty ratings, and reviews of back roads and byways.”
Midwest Book Review