Outdoor Journal

Mountain woman: Author, Xpress contributor and hiker extraordinaire Danny Bernstein will give a slide show and sign copies of her hiking guide, Hiking the Carolina Mountains this Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café in Asheville. Published by Milestone Press, Bernstein’s book illuminates 57 hikes in the North Carolina mountains and South Carolina upstate with impressive detail, helpful maps and a great dose of local history, in case you’ve forgotten what a remarkable place you live in.

Artificially favored water: Asheville Parks and Recreation’s “Women in the Woods” program is headed east on Sunday, Sept. 26, to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. The outing will include multiple trips down the center’s course.

The Charlotte facility claims to have the world’s “largest manmade whitewater river,” and “the only class III-IV rapids in a metropolitan area.” Cost is $42 for Asheville residents and $45 for nonresidents.

Women in the Woods convenes each month for a different activity. For more information or to register, e-mail Christen McNamara at outdoorprograms@ashevillenc.gov or call her at 251-4029.

Age ain’t nothing but a number: Senior Treks, a low-impact hiking club, is offering a series of “leisurely paced hikes designed with seniors in mind.” Upcoming excursions include a Sept. 14 hike of the UNCA Perimeter Trail, an Oct. 26 outing to Montreat and a Nov. 16 trek at Sam’s Knob. The trips, which average somewhat more than two miles, depart from the city’s Recreation Office at 72 Gashes Creek Road at 9:30 a.m. the day of the trip. Cost is $2 per hiker, per trip. Registration is required. E-mail Christen McNamara at outdoorprograms@ashevillenc.gov or call 251-4029.

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