Breaks, The

On the border of Virginia and Kentucky, at the northeastern end of Pine Mountain and nestled in the Appalachian coalfields, lies a treasure little-known to the outside world. The Breaks, affectionately and appropriately called The Grand Canyon of the South, is the two-mile-long, thousand-feet-deep, sheer-walled chasm created by the Russell Fork River. For years the Breaks was accessible only to the intrepid explorer or determined backwoodsman, but its blanket of virgin timber and strategic location in the land of Black Gold caught the timber and rail magnates’ eyes, and their endeavors brought it before the American public.

Now the centerpiece of Breaks Interstate Park—one of only two interstate parks in the United States—it is the joy of the whitewater enthusiast, the delight of the hiker, and a solace to the sightseer. In The Breaks: The Grand Canyon of the South, author and geologist Tony Scales shares the story of this wonder, from its creation with the rise of the Appalachian Mountains, to the first footfalls in this wild and remote place, to its role in the commercial exploitation of the region’s natural riches, and finally to its preservation. Profusely illustrated with historic photographs and maps, The Breaks: The Grand Canyon of the South is a must for those who cherish the scenic splendor and history of the Appalachian Highlands.
  • Trade Paper 156pp.
  • Subject: Appalachian History, Kentucky Interest, Photography and Guidebooks, Railroad Interest, Virginia Interest

Condition: New

ISBN: 9781570723308

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