ETSU professor creates one-of-a-kind hiking maps


This is not your typical college English class. Dr. Scott Honeycutt prefers his classroom to be made up of waterfalls and trees.

"What we seek to explore is the intersections between writing, hiking and literature," Dr. Honeycutt said.

On this day, the class is hiking Rocky Fork State Park in Unicoi County.

News 5's PJ Johnson found that 34 million people enjoyed a hike last year. There are more than 193,000 miles of federal hiking trails and another 42,000 of state maintained trails.

Honeycutt has documented some of his favorite hikes with these hand-drawn creative maps. They are not necessarily a guide in the traditional sense, but a way to reminisce about the hike.

The students seems to love the maps and the learning environment they promote. All the recent rain has made hiking a little more challenging than normal.

Honeycutt equates hiking to a religious experience. He jokingly refers to worshipping at the church of Buffalo Mountain.

"Yes, I spent my Sundays on Buffalo Mountain, but I have some company, a few others worship there as well," he said.

And like any good teacher, he's always willing to listen to his students.

If you're interested in the maps, they're for sale at Mahoney's in Johnson City and the local store in downtown. Honeycutt will also make custom maps. To contact him, email: