I met Carolyn Cook at an open house for a tack shop in Pennsylvania in 2004 when my first horse book, "Beloved School Horses," came out. She was selling her book, "Ride Pennsylvania Horse Trails - Part I, The Eastern Half of Pennsylvania." In 2005, Part II, the Western Half was released.
These are comprehensive guidebooks that are perfect for anyone wanting to explore the commonwealth's picturesque trail system. Carolyn includes interesting introductions - she was engaged to John Spotts, a fellow trail rider, in Part I and their unique wedding (yes, on horseback!) is described in Part II. She also includes information about the differences between the state forests, parks and gamelands etc.
Details about each trail system include: an overview and personal comments; fee and permit info; who to contact for maps; interesting historical background; and directions and parking info. For emergencies, there is a list of local stables, vets and blacksmiths.
The books come complete with black and white photographs and some breathtaking color shots. Carolyn personally rode each of the trail systems she wrote about - 47 in Part I and 37 in Part II, and that doesn't include the branches with different names!
My favorite part of the book is in the back - the Bloopers! Hysterical photos with comments in Part I and a Bloopers Recap in Part II.
These books are terrific "reference points for the assortment of trails in Pennsylvania."
Visit http://www.patrail.com/ to order or learn more.