Outdoor books, outdoor sports books, recreation activities. Hundreds of free online books on a wide range of sports and recreation areas.
Outdoor Recreation : Search Results at Internet Archive – Outdoor Books
About 950 free books. Some book titles: Woodland Adventure Handbook; Maine Outdoor Adventure Guide; 100 Family Adventures.
Outdoor Recreation : Search Results at Open Library – Outdoor Books
About 1,600 free books. Some book titles: Countryside Book; Up for the Challenge?; 52 Best Day Trips from Vancouver.
Recreation Areas : Search Results at Internet Archive – Outdoor Books
About 170 free books. Some book titles: Pacific Northwest Camping; Woodall’s Campground Guide; North Carolina Beaches.
Recreation Areas : Search Results at Open Library – Outdoor Books
About 1,000 free books. Some book titles: Rock Climbing the San Francisco Bay Area; Hiking Ozarks; Best Bike Rides Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Parks : Search Results at Internet Archive – Outdoor Books
About 2,400 free books. Some book titles: Complete Guide to African Safaris; Ellis Island; Color Companion to Walt Disney World.
Parks : Search Results at Open Library – Outdoor Books
About 21,700 free books. Some book titles: Bletchley Park Souvenir Guidebook; Cliff Dwellings: a Hidden World; Blue Ridge Parkway road trip.
National Parks and Reserves : Search Results at Internet Archive – Outdoor Books
About 900 free books. Some book titles: Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges; Yosemite National Park; Secrets of the National Parks: the Experts’ Guide to the Best Experiences.
National Parks and Reserves : Search Results at Open Library – Outdoor Books
About 1,180 free books. Some book titles: Glacier National Park; Frommer’s easyguide to national parks of the American West; What are the seven natural wonders of the United States?.
Family Recreation : Search Results at Internet Archive – Recreation Activities
About 1,000 free books. Some book titles: Camping with Kids in the West: BC and Alberta’s Best Campgrounds; Let’s Take the Kids to London; A Child’s Walk in the Wilderness.
Family Recreation : Search Results at Open Library – Recreation Activities
About 1,040 free books. Some book titles: Family guide France; 500 All-American Family Adventures; Kids Love Wisconsin.
Outdoor Recreation for Children : Search Results at Internet Archive – Recreation Activities
About 100 free books. Some book titles: Get Outside Guide; Learning Outdoors; It’s a Jungle Out There!: 52 Nature Adventures for City Kids.
Outdoor Recreation for Children : Search Results at Open Library – Recreation Activities
About 110 free books. Some book titles: Get Your Kids Hiking; Outdoor parents, outdoor kids; Snow play.
Online Rock Climbing Books – Collection – Outdoor Sports Books
About 300 rock climbing books free online from the Internet Archive online. Some books: Rock Climbing, Sport Climbing, Bouldering and Outcrop Climbing, Performance Rock Climbing book, Climbing Anchors, The Rock Climber’s Manual free online, The Complete Rock Climber online free, Tools Training and Techniques for Climbers, Mountaineering eBooks, Rock climbing illustrations, Rock & Wall Climbing book online, How to Rock Climb book online, Learning to Rock Climb, The Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra, many more.
Mountaineering Books free – Collection – Outdoor Sports Books
About 1,000 mountaineering ebooks free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Near Death in the Mountains online, Mt. McKinley Climber’s Handbook, Mountain Journeys online, The Climber’s Sourcebook free online, The Epics of Everest, Mountaineering in Scotland, The Day the Rope Broke, The Basic Essentials of Mountaineering, Rock Climbing illustrations, Peak, The Climb, The Ascent of Rum Doodle, Touching the Void, Eiger Dreams, Ultmate High, Reinhold Messner Crystal Horizon, The White Spider, Mountains of the Mind, Mountaineers Anthology Series, many more. Download any book for free, digital ebook, Mountaineering eBooks free online, Jon Krakauer Mount Everest.
Bird Watching Books – Collection – Recreation Activities
About 500 bird watching books online free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Birder’s Sourcebook, Outfitting & Source Book for Bird Watching, The Pleasures of Watching Birds online, The Literature of Birdwatching, The Life of the Skies, Getting Started in Bird Watching online free, A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the Eastern U.S. online free, Companion and Guide for Birdwatchers online, Indiana Birds and their Haunts, Bird Life in Ireland, many more. Birdwatching eBooks free.
Outdoor Life Books – Collection – Outdoor Books
About 420 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Outdoor Life. Some books: It’s a Wise Woodsman Who Knows What’s Biting Him, Guide to Camping and Family Fun Outdoors, The New Way of the Wilderness, The Key to Camplife, Book of the Outdoors online free, Camping and Woodcraft online free, On the Loose, Outdoor Sports Illustrations online free, Recreation illustrations, An Explorer’s Handbook online, The Wilderness Life book online, Camping illustrations, Confessions of an Outdoor Maladroit, Guide to Outdoor Careers book online, Outdoor Life: 100 years in Pictures, many more.
Fly Fishing Books – Collection – Outdoor Sports Books
About 400 fly fishing ebooks free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Western Fly Fishing Guide, The Well-Tempered Angler, Simplified Fly Fishing, World’s Greatest Flyfishing Locations, Fly-Fisherman’s Primer, Fly-Fishing Handbooks, The Masters on the Dry Fly, Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing free online, Fly-Fishing Equipment and Skills, Tips & Tricks of Fly Fishing book online, Becoming a Fly Fisher online book, The Fly Fishing Anthology, many more.
Walking Books Collection – Recreation Activities
About 1,600 walking books online free from the Internet Archive. This includes many travel books. Some books: West of Ireland Walks free online, Walking London book online, You Can Walk to Fitness, The Magic of Walking free online, The Walker’s Companion online, On Foot: guided walks in England free online book, France and the U.S., How to Walk Your Way to Better Health and Fitness, Walking Trails in Southern Wisconsin free online, The Joy of Walking free online, hiking illustrations, Walking Fast, The Walker’s Journal free online, The Wonderful World of Walking, many more.
Hiking Books – Collection – Recreation Activities
About 1,500 hiking ebooks free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Pacific Northwest Hiking, 50 Hikes in the Hudson Valley, The Boy’s Book of Hiking free online, Hiking in Hawaii free online, 100 Southern California Hiking Trails, The Ultimate Hiking Skills Manual online, Hiking and Exploring book online, Hiking: the ultimate natural prescription for health and wellness, Illustrated Backpacking and Hiking Dictionary for Young People, Day Hiker: walking for fitness fun and adventure, hiking illustrations, Winter Camping, Hiking Companion, Hiking the USA: a sourcebook for maps guidebooks and inspiration, many more.
Backpacking Books – Collection – Recreation Activities
About 360 free readable ebooks at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Backpacking”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: The Backpacker’s Handbook, Beginning Backpacking, Backpackers’ Sourcebook: a book of lists, Backpacking Basics, Pleasure Packing for the ’80s, Backpacking with Small Children, Backpacking: a complete guide, Backpacking: essential skills to advanced, Backpacking illustrations, Backpacking for Fun, The Ultralight Backpacker, Backpacking Primer, many more.
Canoeing Books – Collection – Recreation Activities
About 470 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Canoeing. Some books: Canoeing, Portage into the Past, Guide to Wilderness Canoeing, The Basic Essentials of Canoeing, Canoeing for Beginners, Open Boat Canoeing, Canoes and Canoeing, Complete Guide to Canoeing, paddle sports illustrations, canoing illustrations, A Guide to Paddle Adventure, Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe, Learn How to Canoe in a Day, Paddling Cape Cod, many more.
This research guide from the librarians at Northwestern University Transportation Library has links to a variety of resources related to bicycling today and bicycling history.
Fishing Kits and Equipment – Outdoor Sports Books
Camp, Samuel Granger
Outing 1910 Dewey Dec. 799
“Systematic handbook picturing and describing the outfit of a fresh-water angler. Devotes most space to fly-fishing equipment, but also discusses tackle for catching lake-trout, bass, muskellunge, etc.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.
The Boy’s Own Book; a Complete Encyclopedia of all the Diversions, Athletic, Scientific and Recreative, of Boyhood and Youth – Recreation Activities
Munroe and Francis 1834 Dewey Dec. 790
Chapter headings are: – Games with marbles, – Games with Toys, – Games with Balls, – Sports of Agility and Speed, – Sports with Toys, – Miscellaneous Sports, – Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, – Archery, – Cricket, – Gymnastics, – Swimming, – Arithmetical Amusements, – Optical Amusements, – Chemical Amusements, – Draughts, or Checkers, – Feats of Legerdemain, – Tricks with Cards, – Paradoxes and Puzzles, – Varieties, – The Riddles, – Angling, – Rabbits, – Guinea Pigs, – Pigeons, – Fencing.
Play and Recreation for the Open Country – Recreation Activities
Curtis, Henry Stoddard
Ginn 1914 Dewey Dec. 790
A practical handbook for all those interested in the problem of recreation in the rural community. Suggests plays and games for home and school; describes the organization of the Boy scouts and Campfire girls; and gives ideas and methods of organizing social centers. Written by one who has expert knowledge and practical training.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Touring Afoot – Recreation Activities
Fordyce, Claude Powell
Outing 1922 Dewey Dec. 796.5
A book covering the whole field of outfit and methods for trips of varying lengths and conditions. It is assumed that the walker will carry equipment.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Recreations of a Sportsman on the Pacific Coast – Outdoor Sports Books
Holder, Charles Frederick
Putnam 1910 Dewey Dec. 799
“Dramatic account of fishing adventures in the streams of the Cascades and high Sierras and in the deep seas of the Pacific, by a veteran sportsman and thorough scientist.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.
Book of Camping and Woodcraft; a Guidebook for Those who Travel in the Wilderness – Outdoor Sports Books
Outing 1906 Dewey Dec. 796.5
“Genial and well tested advice on equipment, cookery, treatment of injuries, etc., for those who camp or travel in the wilderness.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.
Motor Camping – Outdoor Books
Long, John Cuthbert and Long, J. D.
Dodd 1923 Dewey Dec. 796.5
This is a complete tabulated list of camping sites, with accommodations afforded, arranged by states. The suggestions as to routes with alphabetical list of highways add to the value of this guide-book for the motor camper. It contains practical, conveniently arranged information on equipment, camps, food and camp health. State rules and regulations for hunting and fishing are included.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
The Book of Woodcraft and Indian Lore – Recreation Activities
Seton, Ernest Thompson
Doubleday 1922 Dewey Dec. 796.5
eBook of Camping and woodcraft.
Games, Contests and Relays – Outdoor Sports Books
Staley, Seward Charles
Barnes 1924 Dewey Dec. 790
An exhaustive collection of recreational activities for groups, with instructions for playing, including many used in foreign countries, arranged according to grade through college. All are athletic but do not include organized games such as baseball. Relay races, combative contests, mass and individual, are treated separately. Some illustrations and diagrams.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
The Open Spaces: Incidents of Nights and Days under the Blue Sky – Recreation Activities
Van Dyke, John Charles
Scribner 1922 Dewey Dec. 796.5
What the author calls “my own trail in the open.” The lover of outdoor life will follow him gladly down the years, beginning back in his boyhood, when he was taken to Minnesota, and will share his pleasure in sleeping out, riding in the open, the cattle ranges, desert journeys, forest and mountain trails crowded with incidents of wild life and beauty. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Saddle and Camp in the Rockies – Recreation Outdoors
Outing 1911 Dewey Dec. 799
“Enthusiastic account of a trip made early in 1910 from Arizona to Montana through the big game country, for the purpose of observing the big game preserves and the conditions of game in general.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.
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The Compleat Angler – Outdoor Sports Books
Dodd 1904 Dewey Dec. 799
“Not only is he the sacer vates of a considerable sect in the religion of recreation, but multitudes who have never put a worm on a hook—even on a fly-hook—have been caught and securely held by his gentle craft and his leisure transcript of his own simple, peaceable, lovable and amusing character. The Compleat Angler was published in 1653, but Walton continued to add to its completeness in his leisurely way for a quarter of a century.”- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Camp and Trail – Outdoor Books
White, Stewart Edward
Doubleday 1907 Dewey Dec. 796.5
“Summary of results of author’s out-of-door experiences in the form of explicit advice to woodsmen and amateur campers. Gives addresses of outfitting firms and manufacturers of supplies.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.