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."

Maryland: An Explorer's Guide

After spending months traveling throughout the entire state of Maryland revisiting old places and experiencing new ones, Leonard has thoroughly updated this third edition of Maryland: An Explorer’s Guide. Every entry has been reviewed for accuracy – every address, email, phone number, website and fee. Personally visiting every business, staying in every B&B and dining at every restaurant, Leonard also engaged in the activities described in the guide – hiking, kayaking, sailing, biking, and playing miniature golf.

Features include:

Hundreds of dining reviews, from soft-shell crabs to four-star cuisine.

Opinionated listings of inns, B&Bs, hotels, and vacations cottages.

Regional, city, and downtown maps.

A "What's Where" subject guide to aid in trip planning.

Handy icons that point out places of extra value, family-friendly establihments, wheelchair access, and lodging that accepts pets.

Maryland: An Explorer's Guide is the only guide to the state to cover so many places to go and things to do:

Art Galleries; Colleges; Covered Bridges; Museums;
Historic Churches; Historic Homes; Historic Sites;
Guided Walks & Tours; Scenic Drives; Zoos;
Air Rides; Bicycling; Birding; Boat Excursions;
Boat Rentals; Bowling; Brewery Tours; Family
Activities; Amusement Parks; Playgrounds; Corn
Mazes; Fishing; Golf; Miniature Golf; Hiking;
Horseback Riding; Kayaking and Canoeing; Nature
Watching; Racing; Sailing; Scuba Diving; Skating;
Skiing; Special Classes; Swimming; Tennis;
Whitewater Rafting; Parks; Walks and Gardens.


Motels and Hotels; Inns; Lodges; Bed & Breakfasts;
Cabins; Cottages; Hostels; Camping; Dining out;
Eating out; Takeout; Coffee bars or houses;
Snacks and goodies; Dance; Film; Music; Nightlife;
Sports; Theaters; Antiques; Art Galleries;
Bookstores; Used bookstores; Crafts; Special
Shops; Farmer’s Markets; Pick-Your-Own Produce
Farms; Wineries; and Annual Events.

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