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."

Events

Wednesday, April 26-Thursday, April 27, 2017, Appalachian Trail Workshop for Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, May 7-Friday, April 12, 2017, Join Leonard for day hikes in four Virginia national parks—and one state park. Outings include Appomattox National Battlefield, Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Wednesday, May 10-Thursday, May 11, 2017, Appalachian Trail Workshop for Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, September 17-Friday, September 22, 2017, Join Leonard for day hikes in four Virginia national parks—and one state park. Outings include Appomattox National Historical Park, Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Wednesday, September 20-Thursday, September 21, 2017, Appalachian Trail Workshop for Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, October 1-Friday, April 6, 2017, Join Leonard for day hikes in four Virginia national parks—and one state park. Outings include Appomattox National Historical Park, Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Wednesday, October 4-Thursday, October 5, 2017, Appalachian Trail Workshop for Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, October 22-Friday, October 21, 2017, Join Leonard for day hikes in four Virginia national parks—and one state park. Outings include Appomattox National Historical Park, Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Wednesday, October 25-Thursday, October 26, 2017, Appalachian Trail Workshop for Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, November 5-Friday, November 10, 2017, Join Leonard for day hikes in four Virginia national parks—and one state park. Outings include Appomattox National Historical Park, Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, April 29-Friday, May 4, 2018, Join Leonard for day hikes in four Virginia national parks—and one state park. Outings include Appomattox National Historical Park, Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, May 6-Friday, May 11, 2018, Join Leonard for four moderate day hikes and evening classroom presentations.One day you will pass through an urban forest and explore an island in a river, another day you will be walking beside a lake whose surface covers 32 square miles. You will also take in soaring vistas from the world-famous Appalachian Trail and visit historic sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway—America’s premier national scenic roadway. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, September 16-Friday, September 21, 2018, Join Leonard for day hikes in four Virginia national parks—and one state park. Outings include Appomattox National Historical Park, Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Booker T. Washington National Monument. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

Sunday, September 23-Friday, September 28, 2018, Join Leonard for four moderate day hikes and evening classroom presentations.One day you will pass through an urban forest and explore an island in a river, another day you will be walking beside a lake whose surface covers 32 square miles. You will also take in soaring vistas from the world-famous Appalachian Trail and visit historic sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway—America’s premier national scenic roadway. Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Road Scholar/​Elderhostel, Wirtz, VA, www.retreatatsmithmountainlake.com, 540-721-2766.

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Leonard's Books

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
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.
WEST VIRGINIA
”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
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
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
MARYLAND
"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
VIRGINIA
“Good introduction to the classic hikes... everyone will benefit from the interesting natural details.”
--Outdoor Traveler
WILDFLOWERS
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