Over my years of exploring the region of the Southern Appalachians I have accumulated a diverse library of excellent books. Here are a few of the outstanding ones that I highly recommend if you desire to know more about this area. The ones at the top of the list are more specific to this area. Almost all of these are available from Amazon.
FONTANA - A POCKET HISTORY OF APPALACHIA, Lance Holland
This book tells the history of our immediate area of Graham County and the Southern Smoky Mountains. Great read, top of my list.
HIKING TRAILS OF JOYCE KILMER/ SLICKROCK & CITIGO CREEK WILDERNESS, Tim Homan
OUR SOUTHERN HIGHLANDERS, Horace Kephart
This is one of those books where each chapter is it's own little book.
MOUNTAIN YEAR, Barbara G. Hallowell
This book gives background on diverse subjects during the different seasons. It takes you through a "Mountain Year".
STRANGERS IN HIGH PLACES, Michael Frome
ANOTHER COUNTRY, Christopher Camuto
A WALK IN THE WOODS, Bill Bryson. Yeah I know, but even if you have seen the movie you should read this hilarious and informative book. Or, read it again!
Books on Hiking and waterfalls in the surrounding areas
EXPLORING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Hikes in the Southern Appalachians, Doris Gove. Great Book!
NORTH CAROLINA WATERFALLS, Kevin Adams
The Great Smoky Mountains Association puts out a series of books that can't be beat. Here are a few I know.
HIKING TRAILS OF THE SMOKIES
DAY HIKES OF THE SMOKIES, Carson Brewer
HISTORY HIKES OF THE SMOKIES, Michal Strutin. A personal favorite of mine.
WATERFALLS OF THE SMOKIES, Hubbs, Maynard & Morris
CHURCHES OF THE SMOKIES
LOG CABINS OF THE SMOKIES
THE CCC IN THE SMOKIES (Civilian Conservation Core)
Books on Wildflowers
WILDFLOWERS OF THE SMOKIES, Peter White
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS WILDFLOWERS, Hutson, Hutson & SHarp (spiral bound)
NORTH CAROLINA'S BEST WILDFLOWER HIKES IN THE MOUNTAINS, Kevin Adams
WILDFLOWERS OF THE BLUE RIDGE AND GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, Leonard Adkins and Joe Cook *******BEST BOOK
WILDFLOWERS OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Same authors as above and also BEST BOOK!!!!!!
ENJOY LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS RICHLY DIVERSE AREA!