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Virginia Nature


Guide to the Geology and Natural History of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Edgar W. Spencer

As you travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike the Appalachian Trail, or visit the national and state parks scattered throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will encounter an incredible variety of natural landscapes, microclimates, and fascinating rock formations. Over millions of years the... More


Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse

Paul D. Cronin

A protégé of the legendary Vladimir S. Littauer and for more than thirty years director of the riding program at Sweet Briar College, Paul D. Cronin is a well-known and highly respected trainer and riding instructor. Schooling and Riding the Sport Horse is Cronin's clear and practical guide to... More


A Passion for Nature

Keith Thomson

Thomas Jefferson once wrote to a friend that politics was his "duty" but natural history was his "passion." As this book shows, he was always a man for whom nature was important. With his devotion to detailed knowledge, precise calculation, and rational enquiry, natural history related to... More


Virginia Fishing Guide

Bob Gooch. Updated by M. W. Smith

In this second edition of Bob Gooch’s Virginia Fishing Guide, M. W. Smith offers an updated version of a classic work of Virginia outdoor literature. Providing a new preface and appendices, Smith also recasts the volume’s introduction and site listings to reflect such changes as new "catch and... More


City of Trees

Melanie Choukas Bradley and Polly Alexander. Text by Melanie Choukas-Bradley Illustrations by Polly Alexander

Washington, D.C., boasts more than three hundred species of trees from America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and City of Trees has been the authoritative guide for locating, identifying, and learning about them for more than twenty-five years. The third edition is fully revised, updated, and expanded... More


An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees

Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown

A thorough yet user-friendly companion to the authors’ popular paperback Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore—both books are the result of a ten-year collaboration—this volume is an exquisitely illustrated guide to 350 eastern woodland wildflowers and trees found on site at... More


A Natural History of Quiet Waters

Curtis J. Badger

Although swamps today are recognized as one of the richest and most prolific natural systems on Earth, they have long held a mysterious and tenuous place in America’s history and culture. Ernest Hemingway equated them with madness and death in "Big Two-hearted River." We have images of Humphrey... More


Fishing Virginia's Highlands

M. W. Smith

Rich in angling lore, the secluded lakes and rivers of Virginia’s Highlands offer some of the best trout and smallmouth bass fishing found anywhere in the state. From the Alleghany Highlands in the north (which encompass Alleghany, Bath, and Rockbridge counties) to the Blue Ridge/Grayson Highlands... More


Outdoors Year Round

Stephen Conrad Ausband

To the west is a stretch of Interstate 95 running from the D.C. suburbs to the South Carolina state line. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean. What lies in between, a four-hundred-mile stretch of coastal country traversing Virginia and North Carolina, is home to some of the best hunting and fishing... More


West with the Rise

James Barilla

The first book to follow a fly-fishing trip from coast to coast, West with the Rise is James Barilla's account of a solitary journey that begins in New England and ends in Northern California, with little more to keep him company than a secondhand pickup bought just for the trip, a pair of Nikes he... More


Fishing the Greenbrier Valley

M. W. Smith

While sparsely populated, the Greenbrier Valley is home to some of the richest outdoor recreation resources in the mid-Atlantic. Boasting a combination of unspoiled backcountry, featuring spectacular gorges and falls and major resorts, including both Snowshoe Mountain and the venerable Greenbrier... More


The Wild Coast

Curtis J. Badger

The Eastern corridor of the United States may be notorious for overdevelopment, but Curtis J. Badger offers a challenge in his The Wild Coast: Exploring the Natural Attractions of the Mid-Atlantic: get off the highway and go see what the mid-Atlantic states have to offer. A companion to both... More


Lake Fishing in Virginia

Bob Gooch

Lake Brittle, Gardy’s Millpond, Powhatan Ponds, Keokee Lake, Lake Shenandoah... The number of lakes that offer great fishing in Virginia is substantial, from 3-acre Phelps Pond in Fauquier County to 50,000-acre Buggs Island Lake. Now trusted outdoorsman Bob Gooch has written the only comprehensive... More


Fishing the Shenandoah Valley

M. W. Smith

The Shenandoah Valley is famous for its role in Civil War history and for its great natural beauty. But there is something else: it is a tremendous place to fish. Fishing the Shenandoah Valley: An Angler’s Guide is the latest stop in author M. W. Smith’s continuing tour of the Commonwealth‘s great... More


A Naturalist's Guide to the Virginia Coast

Curtis J. Badger

As Curtis Badger will tell you, "Being a good naturalist has more to do with being an enthusiastic observer than traveling to distant places. It is more a matter of curiosity than of a need for adventure, a frame of mind rather than peculiarity of place." A Naturalist’s Guide to the Virginia Coast... More


Fishing the Roanoke Valley

M. W. Smith

With easy access to the Roanoke and James Rivers, Carvins Cove Reservoir and Smith Mountain Lake, and the many other streams and lakes in Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin, Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke, and Rockbridge Counties, anglers in the Roanoke Valley are blessed with some of the finest... More


The Science of Fly-Fishing

Stanley Ulanski

The foundations of fly-fishing history, literature, and mechanics are firmly anchored in the disciplines of science, yet until now there has been no comprehensive work that integrates scientific components into the sport of angling for trout and other game fish. The Science of Fly-Fishing fills... More


Virginia's Wild Side

Curtis J. Badger

Fair warning to all of Virginia’s couch potatoes: Curtis Badger has compiled such an engaging and refreshingly unconventional treasury of outdoor adventures that you may be compelled to give up your seat. He will send you in pursuit of rare salamanders on the slopes of Mount Rogers, to dig clams on... More


Sugarloaf

Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown

Listen for the calls of nesting ravens and warblers, watch the growth of wild geranium and black cohosh, and savor the first autumn blush in the tupelo trees. Revel, as did Frank Lloyd Wright, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt—among generations of other amateur naturalists—in... More


Snakes of Virginia

Donald W. Linzey and Michael Clifford

The classic field guide to snakes found in the Old Dominion, now available in paperback.


Enjoying Virginia Outdoors

Bob Gooch

Most outdoor enthusiasts in Virginia have hiked, camped, paddled, hunted, or fished in the state's many parks, refuges, and other public lands, from the barrier islands to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, but few know about another wonderful resource, the Commonwealth's... More


Seashore Chronicles

Brooks M. Barnes and Barry R. Truitt, eds.. Foreword by William Warner

ASSATEAGUE, Chincoteague, Parramore, Smith's, Hog, Wallop's: The names of Virginia's isolated barrier islands evoke their beauty and wildness, their dynamic ecology. Drawing chapters from the writings of novelists, naturalists, journalists, and outdoorsmen, Seashore Chronicles presents the history... More


Virginia's Hunting Guide

Bob Gooch

This valuable guide provides Virginia hunters with detailed information on the various public hunting lands in the state, including character of the terrain, game species available, and other useful information. It also provides profiles on the various game species and information on how to hunt... More


Wild Flowers of Tidewater Virginia

Oscar Wand Gupton and Fred C. Swope

The design of this book is to furnish information with which the plants can be identified without resorting to technical language or requiring that the structure of plant parts be understood. Color photographs and descriptive comments are provided as identification materials for each species.