Danny Bernstein has traversed seventy-one national parks in the American South to discover that these protected lands are not just places for tree-huggers and avid hikers, but where the country’s history is rooted on the trail. Danny takes you into the stories of the people— the rangers, volunteers, and visitors— and goes beyond the sites shown on the map. Raised as a Yankee, Danny set out to become a Southerner, one national park at a time. Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South is a personal and passionate tale of national and self- discovery.
Danny’s adventures are a must-read for any outdoor enthusiast. No one has logged more miles in national parks or explored them so thoroughly.
Will Harlan, author of Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island
While revealing her own story, Danny never overshadows the true stars of the book, the national parks themselves.
Johnny Molloy, author of over fifty outdoor hiking, camping, and paddling guides
Danny Bernstein is an ideal National Parks guide. I am eager to follow her.
Anne Mitchell Whisnant, author of Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History
Danny Bernstein has penned an enjoyable read of her personal journeys to all the National Park Service units within the southeast region of the United States. The book is a mixture of travel guide and American history, with a generous dose of Danny’s personal adventures at each location.
Terry Maddox, Executive Director of Great Smoky Mountains Association, retired, in his foreword to the book