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Alumnus Pens Hiking Guide to Atlanta’s Hidden Forests

Johan McDonald hiking CONWAY, Ark. (May 7, 2014) – Hendrix alumnus Jonah McDonald’s new book Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: Intown and Out was recently published by Milestone Press of North Carolina.

The guide book includes 60 hikes within 30 miles of downtown Atlanta.

Read more about his book here.

McDonald, a 2001 Hendrix graduate, is a 10-year Atlanta resident and former Appalachian Trail thru-hiker.

An educator, naturalist, and outdoorsman, McDonald has worked at an outdoors outfitter, several Atlanta-area independent schools, where he started and ran wilderness and outdoors programs.

He is the founder and president of  Sure Foot Adventures, an outdoors guide service that leads hiking, camping, backpacking and outdoors education programs. In each of these professional capacities and as a hobby, McDonald has spent countless days exploring metro-Atlanta green spaces and has compiled an extensive list of natural areas in and around the city. A professional storyteller and tour guide, McDonald gives performances to groups of all ages. He developed a  Bicycle Tour of the Battle of Atlanta  for the annual B*ATL Festival and for private groups.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit