About Wild River Press
Wild River Press is a small business located in Central New York committed to producing excellent books on the relationship between people and the Adirondack wilderness.
Our flagship product is the Discover the Adirondacks series, which began in 1974 when Barbara McMartin published her first guidebook, Walks and Waterways: An Introduction to Adventure. This was the first guidebook devoted exclusively to the hiking trails of the southern Adirondacks. Additional titles followed, including Old Roads and Open Peaks in 1977, which covered trails in the southeastern Adirondacks, and Guide to the Eastern Adirondacks in 1981.
By 1986 Barbara had resolved to write guidebooks covering every trail in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. This was an ambitious project that required the assistance of numerous contributors—but in 1989 the last book was published, and the 11-volume Discover the Adirondacks series was completed.
Since then, the books of the Discover series have been earning the respect of countless hikers, paddlers, and cross-country skiers. Not only do they guide you to the trails and help you plan your next adventure, they will help you understand the human and natural history of our wild areas. As Barbara McMartin once said, these books are not just where-you-put-your-feet guides, but where-you-take-your-head guides.
In the twenty-first century, the Discover series is still going strong under the editorial reins of Bill Ingersoll, who is an avid hiker, backpacker, snowshoer, and paddler. The series is undergoing a process of extensive revisions, with several new editions being released each year—making these the essential guides to exploring the Adirondack Forest Preserve.