The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

July 6, 2013

Author to sign new Fayette trail guide book this morning

FAYETTEVILLE — Between the New River Gorge National River and the state parks that surround it, outdoor lovers have more than 80,000 acres of public lands to explore in Fayette County.

A new guide book of trails in the region offers a level of detail never before seen, promising to help residents and visitors take full advantage of what the region’s parks have to offer.

“Hiking and Biking in the New River Gorge: A Trail User’s Guide” is sure to become a mainstay on many a hiker’s bookshelf.

Today, the public has a chance to pick up a copy, meet the author, and explore other activities in Fayetteville.

This morning, R. Bryan Simon will sign copies of the book at Market Day in Fayetteville from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Janutolo Park behind the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Market Day also offers music, an artisan village, yard sales, free coffee and close proximity to the fresh local food sold at the Fayette County Farmers Market.

Simon has always loved outdoor adventure. Growing up in Lewis County, he rafted and hiked with his parents and met his wife while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

On a hike in England, where he was studying mountain medicine, he realized he could combine his passion for hiking and climbing, and reach one of his lifelong goals to write a book.

Once back home in Fayetteville, Simon got to work on “Hiking and Biking in the New River Gorge: A Trail User’s Guide.”

The guidebook focuses on Fayetteville as the adventure hub, but provides detailed and accurate information for hikers, climbers, runners, and bikers throughout the New River Gorge area.

Simon delivers trail descriptions; cultural highlights; and course maps, GPS coordinates, elevations, and lengths for the National Park Service trails; as well as the trails of the local state parks.

Guide users will find information on local lodging, unique dining options, adventure activities; outfitters, website and Facebook addresses, significant points of interest, and additional resource literature.

This book is a complete and unique guide to planning a trail-traveling trip to the New River Gorge area of West Virginia.

“I hope this guidebook will be helpful and useful so people can enjoy the New River Gorge as much as I do,” says Simon.

“Hiking and Biking in the New River Gorge: A Trail User’s Guide” is available locally at the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Water Stone Outdoors, Marathon Bicycle Company, ACE Adventure Resort, or direct from Wolverine Publishing (

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