The mountains of western North and upstate South Carolina are a hiker's paradise. Rich with human history, they are also home to some of the greatest biological diversity in the world. Hikers here are treated to thousands of miles of trails offering fantastic views, stunning wildflower and fall foliage displays, and gigantic trees in old-growth forests.
This guide includes 57 day hikes ranging in length from 2 to 13 miles, with destinations including the waterfalls of Dupont State Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway's beautiful Craggy Gardens, the ruins of George Vanderbilt's palatial Buck Spring hunting lodge on Mt. Pisgah, and the summit of Cold Mountain. Each entry covers everything you need to know to get out and hike: maps and detailed directions, mileage, elevation gain, trail highlights, fees and hiking regulations, films and novels set in each location, and more.
About the Author
Outdoor writer Danielle "Danny" Bernstein has been hiking all her life, and currently hikes several times a week, year round. Her passion for the sport manifests itself in many different ways.
Bernstein is an Appalachian Trail end-to-ender, a hike leader for the Carolina Mountain Club, and a hiking instructor at UNC-Asheville's College for Seniors. She maintains a 5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail on the Tennessee/North Carolina border for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
As a Together We Read site coordinator, she leads an annual hike related to the book chosen each year by this organization which aims to promote reading of regional literature in western North Carolina.
Bernstein's hiking experience extends far beyond the Blue Ridge mountains. She has completed numerous personal hiking challenges, including New Hampshire 4,000-footers (48 mountains over 4,000 ft. in New Hampshire), Winter Catskills (34 peaks in the New York Catskills climbed in winter), and New Zealand Great Walks (9 multi-day hikes in New Zealand). She most recently completed the Smokies 900, a challenge which involves hiking all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.