A Walk In the Woods

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First edition US hardcover.

A Walk In the Woods: Rediscovering America On the Appalachian Trail is a non-fiction memoir written by Bill Bryson and published in 1998. It recounts his adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail with his friend. In addition to the story, he also includes information about the trail, a history of the US Parks Service, and describes the flora and fauna often seen on the trail.

I was aware of this book for many years before I finally decided to read it, and, after becoming a fan of Bryson from his books In a Sunburned Country and A Short History of Nearly Everything, I decided to give it a go. I finished it on 2017-11-08.


I do not own the book. I read this as an audio book.


— This section contains spoilers! —


  • The book is just hilarious; at least once a chapter I laughed out loud.
  • It's also very informative, not just about the trail, but also describing the successes and failures the US government has had with the National Park Service.
  • The book was interesting the entire time, I was never bored.
  • You couldn't find a better advertisement for the Appalachian Trail. It really makes you want to hike it.


  • I'm a bit disappointed that Bryson didn't hike the full trail, but then, he's still hiked a hell of a lot more than the average American, myself included!


  • Nothing.


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