On Trails

An Exploration

Hardcover, 340 pages

English language

Published July 12, 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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4 stars (1 review)

"From a brilliant new literary voice comes a groundbreaking exploration of how trails help us understand the world--from tiny ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others devolve? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing--combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis …

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4 stars

I spend a lot of time on trails, and some of that time thinking about them, but this book expanded my perspective in all sorts of intriguing directions. Are trails fundamental to our everyday life, to our history, to our philosophy, to our evolutionary development? I very much enjoyed being convinced they are.


  • Hiking
  • Trails
  • Travel
  • Philosophy
  • Hikers
  • Biography