Five-Star Trails: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest

Five-Star Trails: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest

40 Spectacular Hikes in the Allegheny Mountains

Johnny Molloy


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  • Popular, proven format: the previous edition (9781634040587) sold about 3,000 copies, strong numbers for a region-specific title
  • Market: Nearly 50 million people went hiking in the US in 2019, with reasons ranging from enjoyment of the outdoors to health and exercise
  • According to the US Forest Service, more than 3 million people visit the Monongahela National Forest every year
  • 40 of the most rewarding hikes in an area known for its stellar hiking
  • Hikes encompass mountains, vistas, waterfalls, wildernesses, and wildlife within easy striking distance of Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia
  • GPS-based trail maps, elevation profiles, and detailed directions to trailheads
  • Trail descriptions and expert insights into the history, flora, and fauna of the routes
  • Ratings for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, solitude, and accessibility for children
  • The book’s format allows readers to easily scan and choose hikes that meet their interests
  • Acclaimed author who has written more than 80 books and is one of the most experienced guidebook authors in the field today


Johnny Molloy:

Johnny Molloy is a writer and adventurer based in Johnson City, Tennessee. His outdoor passion was ignited on a backpacking trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park while he was attending the University of Tennessee. That first foray unleashed a love of the outdoors that led Johnny to spend over 4,500 nights backpacking, canoe camping, and tent camping over the past three decades. Friends enjoyed his outdoor adventure stories; one even suggested he write a book. He pursued his friend’s idea and soon parlayed his love of the outdoors into an occupation. The results of his efforts are more than 80 books and guides. His writings include hiking guidebooks, camping guidebooks, paddling guidebooks, comprehensive guidebooks about a specific area, and books about true outdoor adventures throughout the eastern United States.

Although primarily involved with book publications, Johnny writes for varied magazines and websites. He continues writing and traveling extensively throughout the United States, pursuing a variety of outdoor endeavors. Johnny is a Gideon and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City. His non-outdoor interests include reading, ancient and American history, and University of Tennessee sports.