9 Outdoor Books to Read While Stuck Inside

Here is my list of 9 books to read while being stuck inside. They will help get your fix of the outdoors while social distancing. Check them out!

Want to enjoy the outdoors, but can’t leave your house? Check out my 9 outdoor books to read while stuck inside.

It’s the end of March in 2020. It’s been highly suggested that we keep up with social distancing and stay indoors. But what if we have that scratch to itch to get outdoors? Well here’s is my current reading list to help fill some gaps in your day.

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They are mostly my go-to guides, and fun outdoor novels to read and be inspired. The two books from Kerouac I’ve read multiple times, and I just get lost in his words when he’s talking about the pacific North-West. Though the snacks they are taking while hiking in Dharma Bums seem a bit dated, no freezer packs?, the time spent enjoying the natural beauty transcends.

I finally read A walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. I laughed out loud multiple times for this one. I can’t believe I put it off for so long. I also just learned it was made into a movie with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Glad I read the book first to have a better understanding of the store before watching the film.

And if you’re not familiar with John Muir, then click ‘new tab’ above and Wikipedia him pronto. He’s an outdoor pioneer for sure. This book is more descriptive than storytelling, so if you’re really into the details of what he saw out in Yosemite then I definitely recommend it. It’s not really a story per se.

The Big Bend and Lone Star Hiking Trail guides I keep for inspiration. I’ve yet to visit either place, so when it comes time I’ll be ready. They offer a ton of great insight and are just fun to thumb through well before my planned visit. I’ll write about the LSHT in a future post, but as of this posting, it’s the longest trail system in Texas. So a great starting point to decide whether or not you’re up for a full through-hike in the future.

I visit Houston a lot to see my parents, and until I can get over there again I’ll settle for learning about all the places there and in the vicinity to hike. It gives insight into the state parks close by, and other smaller regional trails that most people won’t think of normally. Additionally, the Hiking Texas book is a great book to keep in your car if you’re ever driving around and just want to know if there’s something unique close by. Sometimes it’s more interesting while you’re at a rest stop instead of pulling out your phone and hopping on Hiking Project.

What are some of your favorite books to read to get your outdoor fix? Let me know in the comment section!

Book LINKS: (All affiliate links)

The Big Bend Guide, The Top 10 Travel Tips, Allan C. Kimball


Big Sur, The Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac



The Lone Star Hiking Trail, Karen Somers


The Ultimate hiker’s gear guide, Andrew Skurka


Houston: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles, Laurie Roddy


Hiking Texas, Laurence Parent


The Yosemite, John Muir


A walk in the woods, Bill Bryson


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