Larry Odoski, founder
The allure of the outdoors began with my Scouting days and has only gotten stronger. For most of my career I worked in outdoor programming in some capacity from program coordination to trip leader. My experiences provided me the opportunity to hike and paddle throughout many parts of our nation’s back-country and into parts of Eastern Canada.
These experiences gave me an understanding and appreciation of good maps and were a deciding factor in publishing a series of three Detailed Guide-maps to the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s most scenic byways. Since then we have published three waterfall maps: Waterfalls of North Carolina, Waterfalls of Northeast Georgia and Upstate South Carolina and Waterfalls of Eastern Tennessee. In the Spring of 2016 we published our next map, The Asheville Region, Family Activities Map.
We have grown to be a successful publisher and wholesale distributor of our own recreational maps focusing on the Southern Appalachian Mountain Range.
Kim Riggins, owner
Given my Dad’s love of nature, and growing up in the Piedmont area of the state, my family vacationed in Western North Carolina – a lot. We enjoyed many summer days on trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some of my earliest memories are of splashing in creeks and streams, dotted with moss covered rocks. It was a whole other world. But mostly I recall being intrigued by the profound beauty and power of waterfalls. My fondest memory is of clinging piggy-back to my Dad, like a scared little monkey, while he cautiously hiked a steep trail next to a rushing fall. Those days, summers seemed endless.
In 2004 I found myself relocating from Charleston, SC to Asheville. I was headed "home". My intense appreciation of the region, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, sparked my interest in the map publishing business when, in the summer of 2018, I was introduced to Larry and Outdoor Paths. I've always been drawn to maps and the sense of adventure they elicit.
In October of 2018 Larry and his wife, Irene, passed the Outdoor Paths Publishing torch to me. I am honored to continue the legacy and respect the opportunity to serve their customers with the same enthusiasm and consideration as did they.
Why The Turtle As Our Logo?
Symbolically, the Turtle has been representative of the earth and is our guide to respecting its many resources while also teaching us perseverance and patience.
One of the great creation stories in Native American literature tells of the time when there was only water, and no place for the people and animals to live. Turtle, the water mother, made a great sacrifice and let the first people pack mud on her back which grew and became known as Turtle Island, the land we now live on. Thus, many Native Americans call the North American Continent Turtle Island.
During our travels on the various 'outdoor paths' of the world, shall we heed the message of the Turtle and slow down so that we may enjoy and appreciate all that is around us.