The University of Georgia Press announces a new outdoor series imprint with its acquisition of Milestone Press, a privately owned adventure publisher known for high quality guide books for the Southern Appalachian region. The Press will assume a backlist of 22 active titles and continue to publish new titles within the Milestone Press imprint.
Founded in 1992 by longtime western North Carolina residents Mary Ellen Hammond and Jim Parham, Milestone Press quickly developed a reputation for well-designed and meticulously detailed regional trail guides. Over 27 years the publishing house has attracted an enthusiastic readership who have grown to depend on the details only locals would know.
“We are pleased to pass the Milestone Press torch to Georgia’s oldest and largest publisher, and happy that our titles and authors have found such a good home there,” said Hammond.
Milestone Press titles cover a range of outdoor activities: backpacking, motorcycle touring, day hikes and family hikes, remote and urban hiking, mountain biking, and road biking, as well as waterfall and wildflower trail hikes in and around the Southern Appalachians. These expertly written, accessible guidebooks equip the modern-day adventurer with the most up-to-date and user-friendly maps and trails in North Georgia, Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and Upstate South Carolina. They also include natural points of interest, local flora and fauna, historic sites, and local activities and attractions.
“Mary Ellen and I are confident UGA will do a great job continuing what we began with our first guidebook more than 25 years ago: providing reliable, up-to-date adventure information in an easy-to-use format,” said Parham.
UGA Press will publish Backpacking Overnights: North Georgia Mountains and Southeast Tennessee by Jim Parham, the first new title in the Milestone Press imprint, in May 2019.
“As a leading publisher of respected nature guides with our Wormsloe Foundation Nature Books and Georgia River Network Guidebooks, the UGA Press is excited for this opportunity to expand our list and publish on new topics of interest to the citizens of the region,” said Director Lisa Bayer. “Milestone Press’s strong reputation for quality publishing makes it a perfect fit for the University of Georgia Press.”
Effective February 1, Milestone Press titles will be available for purchase from the Press’s distributor, Longleaf Services.