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Writer of Outdoor Adventure Books and an avid Appalachian Trail hiker.

Background Information

Paralee grew up in the country, one of twelve children and spent a lot of time in the outdoors. She found hiking or backpacking the perfect way to surround herself with the great outdoors and went for a very long hike.


Hayward started reading the journals of hikers as they traversed the Appalachian Trail, and felt the tug to be part of it all. After raising three children she retired at the age of fifty-seven, and succumbed to white blaze fever as she began her hike along the Appalachian Trail.

Paralee, also known as Pearl by her friends and Trapper Lee on the Trail, is one of the many sixty plus adults who attempt to hike the entire Trail each year, and even in her sixties she is still hiking.

Dawson is a non-fiction writer, specializing in her adventures along the Appalachian Trail. She is a native of New Windsor, Maryland, but now makes her home in Murphy, North Carolina.




Writer and self-publisher of outdoor adventure books specializing in the Appalachian Trail.

Additional Information

Paralee is available for talks regarding her adventures along the Appalachian Trail and offers a wealth of tips and suggestions for the future hiker.

Contact Information
Gatewood Publishing
246 Crooked Lane 
Murphy NC 28906   USA
Contact Author: Paralee Dawson-Hayward
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Living a Dream
This astonishing story chronicles Paralee’s amazing hike, from a woman’s prospective, as she puts one foot in front of the other, day-after-day, challenging herself beyond her comfort zone. You can share the mental and physical challenges she experienced as she would hike continually, without any contact with civilization, for days or months at a time. Her daily journal reveals the struggles of spending continuous days, on a long-distance hike. Her competitive nature sometimes got her in trouble as she pushed to arrive at camp in a timely manner exhausted and sometimes too tired to fire up the stove. She knew her destiny was with a greater power and her final destination was to reach Katahdin in Maine. Paralee shared her adventure with her sister Lorelei "LaTripper" Schild for the first seven-hundred miles. LaTripper made for some humorous moments for all the hikers. Throughout the book you will find remarkable information about the origin of the Appalachian Trail, updates and rerouting issues, along with resources and advice for being a successful hiker or backpacker as you discover your own adventure.

Outdoor Hiker Books
After raising three children, and 10 grandchildren, Paralee retired at the age of 56 and succumbed to white blaze fever as she began her hike along the Appalachian Trail. Paralee is also known as Pearl by her friends and TrapperLee along the Appalachian Trail. She is now in her sixties and only one of the many sixty-plus adults who attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail each year. She is still hiking sections of the Trail every year and was fortunate to have her Grandson, Tyler with her, the summer of 2009, for several weeks in New York, Connecticut, and Maine. Throughout her book you will find interesting background information about the origin of the Appalachian Trail, history about various sections of the Appalachian Trail, photos as the Trail passes through 14 states and resources for being a successful hiker or backpacker as you plan your own hike.

Educational and Interpretive Hikes
Paralee, in association with The Learning Center, had the pleasure of working with a group of 11 to 13 year olds for the first semester of this school year. All classes where held in the The Outdoor Learning Center on campus and consisted of multiple levels of training from Leave No Trace, orienteering, survival skills which included use of only the natural materials found in the woods, safety and first aide, becoming comfortable with their environment in the woods and leading up to an overnight campout. If you are interested in joining us visit us at

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