World Waterfall Database
Book Review

North Carolina Waterfalls

Adams, Kevin (author)

John F. Blair, Publisher, 2005
Edition 2
Format Paperback
Print Style Partial Color
Book Type Guidebook
Page Count 590
ISBN 978-0-89587-320-0
In Print? Yes
Picture quality (4)
Picture Quantity (2)
Accuracy of Content (5)
Thoroughness of Content (5)
Production Value (4)

Reviewed by Dean Goss

If only Kevin Adams would make the 3rd edition a color effort... He writes what amounts to some of the best waterfall books available. His travels are extensive, his material is definitive, and his information is exacting and thorough.

This ponderous and comprehensive effort includes over 600 (yeah...six HUNDRED) waterfalls. Most of the waterfalls have an associated factbox describing accessibility, a 10 point beauty rating, the name of the watercourse, elevation, type and height of the waterfall, the watershed's size, the landowner, the USGS topographic map that contains the falls, the coordinates on the DeLorme North Carolina Gazetteer, trail length, and trail difficulty. Each waterfall entry also has text giving directions, an overview, information for the photographer, and any nearby waterfalls. It's a data miner's paradise.

It would be difficult to include photographs of every waterfall listed (it would likely double the size of the book) so the photos are not correspondingly comprehensive, but there are still a great deal of photos sprinkled throughout the book. In addition, there are several color plates neatly tucked into the middle of this fat trade paperback book. In addition to being a fanatically devoted and meticulous waterfall enthusiast, Kevin Adams is a very good photographer. His body of work could translate just as easily translate to a coffee table book.

The Bottom Line: If this were done in color, it could be the finest representation in the class of waterfall books. Mr. Adams, if you taking notes, we'd LOVE to see it... As it is, it's still perhaps the single richest source of detailed waterfall information, rivaled only by the Pacific Northwest books by Greg Plumb, or the Yellowstone book by Rubinstein, Whittlesey, and Stevens. This is a must have!

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