Ren and Helen Davis, authors of “Atlanta Walks” and “Georgia Walks”, have been inviting readers to explore the city, state and beyond since 1988. At that time, Ren was an administrator at Crawford Long Hospital and Helen was an elementary school teacher.

“While expecting our son Nelson in 1984, Helen was under doctor’s orders to avoid any high-impact activities,” Ren said. “So we went in search of a walking guide to Atlanta and couldn’t find one.”

A native Atlantan and American history major at Emory, Ren decided that they could be the ones to write that guide. It was an effort that took three years.

Their small pocket guide, later republished by Peachtree in 1992 as “Atlanta Walks”, is now in its fourth revised and expanded edition. In addition, they were commissioned by Globe Pequot to write two Falcon Guides: “Best Hikes Near Atlanta” and “Best Easy Day Hikes— Atlanta”, both released in 2009.

Through the years, their curiosity has led them to research and write several other books, including:

According to Ren, “Landscapes for the People” was the culmination of three years of research in the National Park Service photographic archives, the national archives, Smithsonian and other collections, and was released in 2015 to complement the 2016 Park Service Centennial.

Since the book’s release, the Davises have traveled more than 30,000 miles to share George Grant’s story and photography with audiences across the country.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.