Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk truly is an inspiring story about Emma Gatewood and her three treks along the Appalachian Trail. At the age of 67 she told her children she was going for a walk, little did they know it was a walk that would last months. She completed the AT two more times after that as well as other long hikes also described in this book.

I loved comparing her experience along the early AT and the things she carried with those of more recent AT hikers – much has changed over the years.

In between Appalachian Trail hikes, Emma did a lot for the hiking community in her home state of Ohio. She led the Winter Hike every year in Hocking Hills State Park, up until her death, along a section of trail that has been named for her – the Grandma Gatewood Trail. Reading this book definitely increased my urge to visit Hocking Hills State Park, not only for its beauty, but now also for its history.