Just last week, local author Danny Bernstein published her latest hiking guide, Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage.
As you may recall, Ms. Bernstein is also the author of Hiking the Carolina Mountains, which she published in 2007.
In her latest book, Danny covers 66 of the best hikes in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, an area which roughly encompasses the triangle from Pilot Mountain State Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and down to Highlands on the Georgia border.
In addition to being a hiking guide, Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage provides historical anecdotes that help to deepen a hiker's understanding of the region. From Stone Mountain's roots of moonshining and NASCAR, to following the path of the Overmountain Men during the Revolutionary War, to the mystery of Rumbling Bald, used as the basis for Jules Verne's 1904 novel, Master of the World, nearly every hike has its own story to tell.
All of the hikes lie within the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, a designation signed into law by Congress in 2003. Each hike includes clear maps, complete directions, hiking distance, trail highlights, elevation gain, related books and movies, photos, and much more.
You can join Ms. Bernstein at the official launch of her new book on Tuesday, April 7 at Diamond Brand Outdoors in Arden, NC. She will be presenting a slide show program and Earth Fare will be providing refreshments. For every book sold that evening, Diamond Brand outdoors will donate 50% of the proceeds to the Trails Forever program, which benefits the maintenance and improvement of trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Additionally, Diamond Brand Outdoors will offer a $20 gift card for anyone that registers to become a member of Friends of the Smokies at the book launch event.
By the way, Ms. Bernstein recently became a member of the 900 Miler Club, reserved only for those people that have hiked all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. A very significant accomplishment. Congratulations!
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