SHRA Former Exec. Director Pens New Book on Trail History

Schuylkill River Heritage Area former Executive Director Silas Chamberlin’s new book, “On the Trail: A History of American Hiking,” was released by Yale University Press in October 2016.  This groundbreaking book is the first full account of the unique history of the American hiking community and its rich, nationwide culture.

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silas_book272 silas_bookpages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
26 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300219111
Hardcover: $30.00

About On the Trail

In the mid-nineteenth century urban walking clubs emerged in the United States. A little more than a century later, tens of millions of Americans were hiking on trails blazed in every region of the country.

Delving into unexplored archives, including those of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Green Mountain Club, and many others, Silas Chamberlin recounts the activities of hikers who over many decades formed clubs, built trails, and advocated for environmental protection. He also discusses the shifting attitudes of the late 1960s and early 1970s when ideas about traditional volunteerism shifted and new hikers came to see trail blazing and maintenance as government responsibilities. Chamberlin explores the implications for hiking groups, future club leaders, and the millions of others who find happiness, inspiration, and better health on America’s trails.