Introducing Southern Gateways Guides from UNC Press

This spring, UNC Press published 4 books for the inaugural season of Southern Gateways Guides, our newest series.

Southern Gateways Guides offer a fresh, comprehensive, and always reliable approach to the South. From outdoor and nature guides, to beautifully illustrated references on flora and fauna, and travel guides to exciting destinations, these insightful books have something for every reader who wants to experience this unique region to the fullest. Written by leading experts and seasoned professionals, these essential companions to southern living give you the tools and inspiration to see the South anew, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or you’re visiting for the first time.

You’ll be able to recognize Southern Gateways Guides by the yellow and red banner that runs along the spine of the book and the top of the front cover.

Here is our freshman class:


Farm Fresh North Carolina
The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers’ Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids’ Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More

Diane Daniel

The one and only guidebook to North Carolina’s farms and fresh foods
Update: check out Diane’s recent appearance on WUNC-TV’s North Carolina People with William Friday.


Backpacking North Carolina
The Definitive Guide to 43 Can’t-Miss Trips from Mountains to Sea

Joe Miller

From classic mountain trails to little-known gems of the Piedmont and coastal regions


A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region
North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia

Bruce A. Sorrie

The first-ever field guide to the wildflowers of this vibrant, biodiverse region


Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the
Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia

Timothy P. Spira

A habitat approach to identifying plants and interpreting nature


The newest addition to the series is a fishing guide by Stan Ulanski that will be published this September.


Fishing North Carolina’s Outer Banks
The Complete Guide to Catching More Fish from Surf, Pier, Sound, and Ocean

Stan Ulanski

Improve your fishing techniques (and success) by learning the science of the sea




In addition, we’ve grandfathered 3 backlist titles into our new series–be sure to check them out!









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On the road or before you go, you can count on Southern Gateways Guides!