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Moon Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains

First Edition, June 2010
Pages: 328

Price: $16.95 USD
ISBN: 9781598805321

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612380667

Virginia native Deborah Huso offers her firsthand experience and advice on the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains—including North Carolina High Country, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Huso includes travel strategies, such as More Than a Drive: Top Hikes Off the BRP and The 3-Day Best of the Smokies. Complete with expert tips on scenic drives, horseback riding, hiking, and camping, Moon Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains

Enjoy the very best of Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains with these itineraries:
    • Blue Ridge Parkway in Three Days
    • Top Hikes Off the Parkway
    • The Parkway in Bloom: Looking for Wildflowers
    • A Blue Ridge Road Trip
    • Southern Mountain Romance
    • The Three-Day Best of the Smokies
    • Wild and Rugged Smokies
    • The People Before the Park
Explore what Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

    • Knoxville
    • North Carolina High Country including Mount Airy, Yadkin Valley, Cumberland Knob to Deep Gap, Boone to Linn Cove Viaduct, and South from Linville o Crabtree Meadows
    • Asheville Area including Black Mountains, Asheville, and Lake Lure Area
    • Mount Pisgah and Beyond including Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Brevard, Mount Pisgah Area, Waynesville, Sylva and Dillsboro
    • Cherokee Indian Reservation and Maggie Valley including Bryson City
    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park including Newfound Gap Road, Roaring Fork and Greenbrier Cove, Little River Road, Cades Cove, Fontana Lake Area, Deep Creek, Cataloochee Valley and Balsam Mountain
    • Tennessee Foothills including Gaitlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, and Townsend

A mountain girl since birth, Deborah Huso grew up on a small farm in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, just six miles from Shenandoah National Park. Throughout her childhood, she camped, hiked, and explored along the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, developing a love for the southern Appalachian landscape. Deborah left the mountains briefly to study English and history at Gettysburg College, and then to pursue her graduate degree in American studies at The College of William and Mary, but came back to the mountains as soon as she could.

Over the course of the last 10 years, the Smoky Mountains have become a second home to Deborah, who has spent countless hours traveling the region’s back roads and hiking trails, and wandering its small mountain towns. Her passion is discovering the road less traveled and the trail where you’ll meet no one.

Deborah has written more than 100 articles on the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains for national and regional magazines and newspapers, including Women’s Health, AAA World, Disney FamilyFun, Preservation, Military Officer, and Blue Ridge Country, where she also serves as contributing editor. To learn more about Deborah, visit her website at, or check out her travel blog at, where she keeps readers updated on the latest news from the Blue Ridge.