I had the pleasure of meeting Johnny Molloy at Trail Days 09 in Damascuss, VA this year. Not only was he great to talk with, but you can hear the excitement in his voice when he talks about his trail books, and being in the outdoors. His books have everything you need to make good decisions about where to hike, camp, and paddle to. Very informative! Great guy, great books. Here is a short video about what Johnny Molloy spends his time doing.

Johnny Molloy is a self-employed outdoor writer based in Johnson City, Tennessee. A native Tennessean and free-market capitalist, he was born in Memphis and moved to Knoxville in 1980 to attend the University of Tennessee. It is here in Knoxville, where he developed his love of the natural world that has since become the primary focus of his life.


It all started on a backpacking foray into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That first trip, though a disaster, unleashed an innate love of the outdoors that has led to his spending over 100 nights in the wild per year, over the past 20 years, backpacking and canoe camping throughout our country and abroad. Specifically, he has spent over 650 nights in the Smokies alone, where he cultivated his woodsmanship and expertise on those lofty mountains.

In 1987, after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics, he continued to spend an ever increasing time in the natural places, becoming more skilled in a variety of environments. Friends enjoyed his adventure stories, one even suggested he write a book. Soon he was parlaying his love of the outdoors into an occupation.

The Day & Overnight Hikes books are guidebooks, each containing 42 recommended hikes that takes the reader on a detailed journey to infrequently visited sites, from highland meadows and open vistas to pristine mountain streams and pioneer farms in three of the most popular national parks and forests in the East.

The Best in Tent Camping books parlay his vast camping experiences throughout the Southern Appalachians, Colorado, West Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida into concise guides of the 50 best tent campgrounds in each area offering the finest scenery and recreational opportunities the South, Appalachians and Rockies have to offer.

Johnny teamed up with Countrymen Press and wrote 50 Hikes in the North Georgia Mountains, and 50 Hikes in South Carolina and 50 Hikes in the Ozarks. Both places are underutilized hiking destinations. He is now writing 50 Hikes in Alabama for the outfit.

The latest adventure story book, his 3rd, is Hiking the Florida Trail: 1,100 Miles, 78 Days, Two pairs of Boots and One Heck of An Adventure. It is the first narrative book detailing a thru hike of the Florida Trail.

Visit Johnny’s Web Site to buy his trail books. Or just visit and say hello.

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  • I like what you posted here, very educational. I grew up in Memphis and your site brought back many fond memories. What is you favorite place to visit in Memphis? I cannot pick just one, there are too many to choose from. I always enjoyed visits to Graceland.

  • Hmm, that’s interesting. I would search on Google to find other relevant information. Actually, I came across your blog on Google Blog Search. I’m going to add your RSS feed to my reader. Continue posting please!

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