The History Press: Local author Danny Bernstein launches book on Mountains-to-Sea Trail

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail shows off the most spectacular, historic and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape. Stretching one thousand miles from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, the route takes in Fraser fir trees and pelicans, old grist- and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British cemeteries complete with Union Jacks.

The trail is half on footpaths and half on back roads, offering experiences not only in nature but also in small towns, at historic monuments, in family cemeteries and in local shops. Author Danny Bernstein has taken it all in and shares her knowledge for those who might follow in her footsteps: She’s written a book about the trail and her experiences on it: Mountains to Sea Trail Across North Carolina. On Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m., Bernstein will talk about the trail, the book and her experiences. She will also sign copies for those who buy her book.

Diamond Brand will provide anyone in attendance who becomes a member of the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail with a $20 gift card. Food will be provided and attendees can participate in a raffle also benefiting Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Diamond Brand Outdoors
2623 Hendersonville Rd., Arden, NC (684-6262)

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Danny Bernstein’s mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. She’s been a committed hiker for over 40 years, completing the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South Beyond 6000 (all the mountains higher than 6,000 feet in the East), many other hiking challenges and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Bernstein and her husband maintain a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and a section of the Appalachian Trail on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. She keeps hiking and leads hikes for the Carolina Mountain Club and Friends of the Smokies; and she’s on the board of directors of the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Bernstein plans to die with her boots on.

For more:
Danny on Facebook
Hiker to Hiker Blog

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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