The Natural Traveler

The Natural Traveler Along North Carolina's Coast (John Blair) is a 304 page guidebook that serves as both a primer to coastal ecology and a guide to the natural and historic sites found on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and Sound Country.


This guide stands out for its detailed information on flora and fauna, with special attention given to favorite paddling destinations such as Merchants Millpond, the Roanoke, White Oak and Waccamaw Rivers. John includes details on selected lodging and restaurants.

The Regulator Book Shop describes The Natural Traveler this way:

"The coast of North Carolina remains one of the nation's top tourist draws, bringing in more than 8 million visitors each year to fish, fly kites, and build sand castles. For those who are about to make their summer vacation plans - those ready for more adventure than what they can find on the pier, those whose knees buckle at the thought of  miniature golf, those with no more quarters for the video arcade - John Manuel offers his new guidebook The Natural Traveler Along North Carolina's Coast.

"An experienced writer on travel and the outdoors, Manuel says he wrote The Natural Traveler to combine the best of both worlds. It is comprehensive and current, with a special emphasis on natural areas and the wildlife that frequents them. The guidebook also covers traditional attractions, such as lighthouses, museums, aquariums, historic homes, restaurants, and lodging'".

Learn more of the "back story" of this unique guidebook from this profile of John and The Natural Traveler from Independent Weekly, an independent newspaper based in North Carolina.