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Episode #4: Jonah McDonald, Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests
This program was made possible by the Atlanta Audubon Society and ShopperKit.

On September 3, 2015, Jonah McDonald spoke to members of Urban Explorers of Atlanta as part of our Urban Visionaries series. Before his presentation, I had a chance to speak with Jonah about his work as a storyteller and his wonderful guidebook, Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests: Intown and Out.

First 03:35 we talk about Storytelling
Discussion about his book begins at 03:35
Discussion about Trees Atlanta / Champion & Sentinel Trees begins at 06:33
Discussion about the Audubon Society & Birds begins at 08:40
Discussion about the book index begins at 9:40
Discussion about sub-continental divide begins at 10:13

Jonah McDonald is the author of the hiking guidebook, Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests: Intown and Out, that introduces readers to 60 hikes within the metro area. Every trail in the book is within a 30 mile drive from the State Capitol in downtown Atlanta. Though most Atlantans think of hiking as something they must drive to north Georgia to find, Jonah is working to change residents' and visitors' perception of the city. Atlanta is a city in a forest, and these hidden forests contain miles and miles of beautiful forest trails.

As well as being a guidebook author, Jonah is the founder of Sure Foot Adventures (a hiking & camping guide service) and Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm (an overnight camp for middle schoolers). He is also a professional storyteller who has been featured on WABE 90.1 radio and has performed at Atlanta storytelling festivals and in schools across the state. His storytelling has also led him to design and lead bicycle tours of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. Before starting these ventures, Jonah taught history at Counterpane Montessori School in Fayetteville, Georgia.

Outside of his work life, Jonah's big adventures have been hiking the entire 2,000+ mile Appalachian Trail (in 2002) and becoming a father (in 2014).

Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: Intown and Out
By Jonah McDonald

Not only is this the first guidebook dedicated entirely to hikes in intown and close-in neighborhoods, but nearly half of these 60 hikes appear in no other guidebook. That means this book gets the word out about intown green spaces that, until now, have only been explored by in-the-know neighbors and hiking enthusiasts. Twenty of the 60 routes are inside the perimeter and many more are just outside the I-285 loop. With this book in hand, you can experience full days of hiking without spending half a day in the car.

The book includes 60 hikes at more than 45 hiking destinations, all within 30 miles of the Capitol dome; of the 60 hikes in the book, 27 appear for the first time in any guide; of the 60 hikes, 20 are within the perimeter and many are just outside I-285;

Urban Explorers TV is a digital media project from Urban Explorers of Atlanta, which is an adventure-driven social club. If you like to have FUN and meet INTERESTING people, you will fit right in. If you like to make a DIFFERENCE, that's even better.

Audubon Society of Atlanta: atlantaaudubon.org
ShopperKit: shopperkit.com
Jonah McDonald: jonahmcdonald.com
Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests: hikingatlanta.com
Forage Films: foragefilms.com
Urban Explorers of Atlanta: uxatl.com

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