The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History by Danny Bernstein

The History Press
$19.99, paperback
ISBN : 9781609497200
February 2013 Outdoors/Fitness
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"Remindful of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Danny Bernstein’s The Mountains-to-Sea Trail also isn’t a trail guide per se. It’s a travel book. Whereas Bryson could be dour (not to say grumpy) at times, the reader senses right away there’s no other place Bernstein would rather have been than on that trail and adjacent byways, recording the incidents and personalities, anecdotes and reflections, landscapes and legends, and natural history observations brought to life in her book. This will find its place among the front ranks of books depicting outdoor life and travel in North Carolina."
—George Ellison

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History focuses on the beauty, quirkiness, and vibrancy of the 1,000 miles trail from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to Jockey's Ridge in the Outer Banks. Danny recounts her walk through North Carolina and discusses the highlights and challenges of walking the MST. Meeting people is also a vital part of walking the trail. As a mountain hiker from western North Carolina, she talks about the unexpected and unusual sights she encountered in the rest of the state and show slides.

The route takes in Frazer 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. Author Danny Bernstein shares stories that will captivate the curious, adventurous, hiker, biker, and history and culture buff.

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Danny's mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. Her motto is “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.” Danny plans to die with her boots on.

A committed hiker for over 40 years, she's completing the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, many other hiking challenges, and, of course, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. She maintains sections of the MST and the A.T. She’s written two hiking guides, Hiking the Carolina Mountains (2007) and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains (2009) published by Milestone Press and blogs at

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