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General Information

Name:  Walter Zyznieuski  

Pen Name: Walter G. Zyznieuski

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


-- Walter Zyznieuski on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Walter is an Illinois native and currently resides in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Walter has been employed with state and local governments in the environmental field for the past twenty two years. As a past board member of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Illinois Chapter, he has been a part of the statewide trail planning activities.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Illinois Hiking and Backpacking Trails (Revised Edition)
ISBN: 0809317524

Southern Illinois University Press. 1993

In this completely revised, expanded, and updated edition, Walter G. Zyznieuski and George S. Zyznieuski describe sixty-nine trails that total more than eight hundred miles. Thirteen new trails have been added in this edition. All but four of the original maps have been revised and updated and many new photographs are included.

Since the first edition was published, there have been many changes along the trails or at the parks or forests where the trails were located. In order to update their book, the Zyznieuskis contacted the headquarters of each park and forest to obtain detailed and up-to-date information.

In the appendixes the Zyznieuskis provide information on obtaining trail maps, hiking organizations, and rules and regulations for Illinois state parks and recreation areas.

As in the first edition, the authors have hiked each trail they describe. It is their firsthand experience that makes it possible for them to provide reliable, detailed, and up-to-date information on each of these trails for Illinois hikers and backpackers.

A Guide to Mountain Bike Trails in Illinois
ISBN: 0809321459

Southern Illinois University Press. 1997

Outdoor writer Tim Renken of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch correctly predicted that Illinois Hiking and Backpacking Trails by Walter G. Zyznieuski and George S. Zyznieuski would "become the definitive trail guide for Illinois hikers."

Now the brothers Zyznieuski have teamed up again and, following the same procedures that produced their classic hiking guide, have produced the definitive guide for the rapidly growing sport of mountain biking.

The Zyznieuskis tell you all you need to know about mountain biking in Illinois. The forty-eight trails they explored for this book run from three to seventy-eight miles long (the Hennepin Canal State Trail) and range in difficulty from extremely easy to challenging.

Along with a map and a complete description of each trail, this illustrated book is packed with practical information. The brothers discuss the various surfaces: dirt, mowed grass, limestone screenings, and old railroad beds. And they advise riders as to what they need to take on the trip, stressing safety necessities such as a helmet.

The appendixes discuss the Grand Illinois Trail, provide information on where to order maps, and list mountain bike clubs, trail organizations, International Mountain Bicycle Association rules of the trail, and Illinois bike rules.

As they did with Illinois Hiking and Backpacking Trails, Walter and George have explored every trail they mention in this illustrated guide.

A Guide To Illinois Nature Centers & Interpretive Trails: 132 Family-Friendly and Accessible Nature Sites in Illinois
ISBN: 080932430X

Southern Illinois University Press. 2002

Following the success of their previous collaborations, Illinois Hiking and Backpacking Trails, Revised Edition and A Guide to Mountain Bike Trails in Illinois, Walter and George Zyznieuski offer this concise and handy resource for all outdoor enthusiasts interested in the outstanding nature centers and interpretive trails throughout Illinois. The 135 sites detailed in this illustrated guide are located in municipal and county parks, forest preserves, state parks, wildlife refuges, and the Shawnee National Forest. Sites range from the Apple River Canyon State Park in northwest Illinois to the Cache River State Natural Area in southern Illinois.

This guide will assist individuals and groups in successfully planning visits to these areas by clearly identifying trails that are fairly short and well suited for families and those nature centers that provide hands-on experiences viewing wildlife and nature exhibits and participating in a nature program or activity. Also, those trails that are accessible to families with strollers, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly are identified with symbols and described throughout the book.

Detailed descriptions of each center and trail are included along with directions, some maps and photographs, hours of operation, and contact information, including web sites, where available.

Sixty-seven nature centers and interpretive trails are featured for northern Illinois, including Chicago Botanic Garden, Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary and Volkening Heritage Farm, The Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, and the Black Hawk State Historic Site.

For those interested in central Illinois, forty-one nature centers and trails are listed, including Kickapoo Creek Park, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, Valentine Park, Salt Fork River Forest Preserve, Merwin Nature Preserve, Forest Park Nature Center and Adams Wildlife Sanctuary.

Twenty-seven nature centers and trails are described for southern Illinois. Among these are Lusk Creek Canyon, Giant City State Park, Cache River State Natural Area, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Rim Rock, and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.

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