Books by Mary & Bill Burnham

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Hiking Virginia

All new, full-color Third Edition, 2013

The complete and indispensible guidebook for Virginia trekkers is fully-updated with all color photography, new maps and GPS coordinates. We re-hiked everyone of the hikes in our 2001 award-winning book. Detailed accounts of 45 hiking adventures, from seashore to mountain slope. State-of-the-art mapping and elevation charts, stories of moonshiners and pioneers, facts about geology and trees, and great places to eat and sleep off the trail.

"A+++ I haven't found a hiking book that is better laid out than this one! All hikes have great directions and maps as well as general information for the area. Make sure to get this one." HikingUpward.com

Best Hikes Near Washington DC

New in 2010

Who says you have to travel far from home for a great hike? Each featured hike is within an hour's drive of the nation's capital. Details on location, length, hiking time, level of difficulty, and whether Fido should come along. Features:
-Trail finder chart categorizing each hike for particular attractions such as waterfalls or hiking with kids
-Fascinating facts on history, geology, flora, and fauna -Full-color photos and maps of each trail

Florida Keys Paddling Atlas

WINNER 2008 National Outdoor Book Award

''This is an exceptionally well-done sea kayaking guide to the tropical water paradise of the Florida Keys.''

This first-of-its-kind all-color chartbook specifically for paddlers is the result of kayaking every bit of the 100-mile island chain. It features color charts and photographs, resources on launches, campsites, paddle-friendly lodging and restaurants, hidden waterways, fishing and bird-watching sites -- all with GPS coordinates.

The Complete Florida Beach Guide

Covers every public beach

From sophisticated South Beach to pristine island backcountry, we've visited every one of Florida's nearly 400 beaches and compiled the details in this handy guide.

We tell you whether the beach is accessible to people with disabilities, child-friendly, pet-friendly, if lifeguards are present, and whether you can ride horses, camp, hike or drive on the beach. We even include those island beaches accessible only by boat.

Knack Kayaking for Everyone

New in 2010

This visual guides covers every aspect of recreational, sea kayaking and whitewater from selecting gear to planning expeditions. Learn about kayak designs, features, accessories, and gear. Step-by-step guidance on transporting, launching and landing, basic and advanced strokes, techniques, navigation, rescues, weather, first aid and expedition planning. Ideas for fun and games and special paddlers like children, elderly, and people with disabilities are also included.

Car Camping for Everyone


Distills the authors' years of experience into an idea-packed, picture-driven full-color guide. Gives you the tools to make car camping the pleasure it is meant to be, from choosing a sleeping bag to setting up a tent.

Bill & Mary Burnham

Bill & Mary Burnham

Mary and Bill Burnham have co-authored eight books and hundreds of travel articles specializing in outdoor adventure in Virginia and Florida.

Paddle with the Authors on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in summer, or the Florida Keys in winter.