TAC Talk. Blowing Rock: The Grandfather of Appalachian Tourism
Longtime Boone area writer Randy Johnson will present a talk based on his new book, Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon, which UNC press is calling "the definitive book on the mountain.” Johnson was the mountain's founding trail manager, and his 1970s hiking program kept the trails open after owner Hugh Morton had closed the backcountry due to hiker deaths. Johnson will take an unprecedented look at a mountain whose very name, he points out, “makes it a patriarch of our collective family.” Copies of Johnson’s book, Grandfather Mountain, will be available for purchase and signing.
The talk will be followed by a Q & A session and light refreshments.
Registration and prepayment are not required.
Randy Johnson founded Grandfather Mountain’s modern trail management program in 1978 and was backcountry manager until 1990. He serves on the Grandfather Mountain State Park Advisory Committee and is task force leader for the Grandfather section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Johnson is a Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel writer with decades of national publications, among them the Miami Herald and National Geographic Traveler. His best-selling trail guides include Hiking North Carolina and Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway. A founding editor of the Mountain Times in Boone, he was for nearly 20 years editor of United Airlines’ Hemispheres, named “world’s best inflight magazine” in 2006.