Add Milestone Press to your list of WNC publishers

As an outdoor regional writer, I appreciated your article on WNC presses [“Pressing Matters: WNC’s Small But Mighty Publishing Houses,” Feb. 26 Xpress]. But I would like to add Milestone Press to your list of regional presses.

Mary Ellen Hammond and Jim Parham have been publishing quality outdoor adventure guidebooks for our region for 22 years. Located in Almond, N.C., just outside Bryson City, this mom-and-pop business — literally — publishes several books a year on hiking, paddling, backpacking, road and mountain biking and even motorcycling the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Yes, they’ve also published my two hiking guides: Hiking the Carolina Mountains in 2007 and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains in 2009.

Check them out and don’t discount our regional outdoor publishers. Learn more at

— Danny Bernstein


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