Leonard M. Adkins-The Habitual Hiker

"Amidst the greens and the blues of the forest is where I belong and am at the height of my contentment with life."

50 Hikes in Southern Virginia: From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean

"It could not be better organized or more interestingly composed and will serve every level of hiker. While I have hiked many of his selected trails, it was a pleasure to hike in my mind those new to me as I journeyed through his book.

You wil also find delightful tidbits of information, such as the difference between a dragonfly and damselfly, why cypress trees have knees, the most striking trait of rattlesnake plantain, what's peculiar about Petersburg's battlefields, and how Devil's Marbleyard got its name.

The storyteller/​hiker reveals how Burkes Garden got its name and how to get on the rarely used trail on Potts Mountain. He pegs the Maury River trail as a good one for kids, and the Little Stony Creek in Far Southwest as the scene of one of Virginia's lovliest, most seldom-visited waterfalls.

As this superlative hiking writer says, only a person traveling by foot can truly see and appreciate all the natural wonders to be found in Virginia."

Roanoke Times

Leonard's Books

As the title says, the only guide you will need to explore America's most visited national park! Winner in the Society of American Travel Writers Eastern Chapter 2015 Writing and Photography Contest.
”We specialize in West Virginia books and books written by West Virginia authors and this is the most thorough guide for exploring the state that I have seen." Trans Allegheny Bookstore
Discover hidden secrets in addition to the well-known destinations
No longer do you have to lug dozens of guidebooks into the field with you. The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor's Companion is all you need. Winner of the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation's Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award.
Take you to the very best the Appalachian Trail has to offer
"Adkins' insightful assesments are right on the mark...the historical references and insider's tips made me want to pack my luggage immediately!" Connie Yingling Maryland Office of Tourism Development
"Leonard Adkins has written the essential guide for hiking in Maryland. From the waterfalls of western Maryland to the islands off the coast, Adkins covers the best of the Old Line State." Victoria and Frank Logue, authors of The Appalachian Trail Backpacker
“Good introduction to the classic hikes... everyone will benefit from the interesting natural details.”
--Outdoor Traveler
Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains:

“Adkins’ insights are as stunning and beautiful as the wildflowers themselves. Each detailed description reveals Adkins’ lifelong immersion in the Southern Appalachian landscape. It’s a precise, practical, and powerful guide for novices and experts alike.” Blue Ridge Outdoors

  Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail: Winner of National Outdoor Book Award; ForeWord’s Book of the Year; Virginia Literary Award Nomination