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The Trail: Guides & Meditations


This year's All Henrico Reads title, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, has us reflecting on trails: their origins, where they lead us, and the experiences they provide along the way. Read on for upcoming related programs and recommended travelogues, meditations, and guidebooks on trails.


In addition to Wild film screenings and book discussions, we invite you to attend programs that highlight the experiences of others who have hit the trail and how you can too!


  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (also available on Hoopla)
    • After a twenty-year stint in Britain, author Bill Bryson returns to the U.S. and sets out to walk the Appalachian Trail, a 2,100 mile stretch from Georgia to Maine. Inspiring and full of laugh-out-loud moments, Bryson’s travelogue introduces readers to a quirky cast of fellow hikers, relays the history of the trail, and argues the importance of its conservation.
  • The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane
    • Starting in Cambridge, England, Macfarlane follows paths in Britain and beyond. Along his walks, Macfarlane explores how history, geology, cartography, and literature intersect to tell the story of trails and their travelers.
  • On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor
    • Follow Robert Moor as he explores trails across the globe, examines their origins, and questions how our connection to nature and technology has shaped the world around us.
  • Walking: One Step at a Time by Erling Kagge
    • Kagge argues that, in the context of our fast-paced world, traveling by foot can be a radical act that allows for discovery and reflection. While the practice of walking is universal, what drives us to walk and how we experience the journey is deeply personal.


We are fortunate to have several wonderful trails in our own backyard! Visit a Henrico County park, hit the Capital Trail, or take a hike along the James River. The list below also includes trails and summits throughout Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic, and beyond.

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