Live Stream: Danny Bernstein presents DuPont Forest: A History, in conversation with Holly Kays

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DuPont Forest protects thousands of acres of trees, five lakes and more than one hundred miles of multiuse trails. It attracts hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers from all over the United States, and its six waterfalls have been featured in movies like The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans. All of this natural beauty is easily accessible, increasing its appeal. It took not only the generosity of a multinational company but also Southern Appalachian grit and self-reliance and local activism to make these benefits available to all. DuPont Forest is young, and its future is still unfolding. Author and hiker Danny Bernstein traces the past of DuPont State Recreational Forest and shows its potential.

Danny Bernstein is a hiker, hike leader, and outdoor writer. She’s been a committed hiker since her early twenties, having completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000 peaks, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina and three Caminos de Santiago. She currently leads hikes for Carolina Mountain Club, Friends of the Smokies and the Asheville Camino group.

She’s written two Southern Appalachian hiking guides, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina, and Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Her latest book, DuPont Forest: A History, published by The History Press, is coming out September 2020.

In her previous life, she worked in computer science, way before computers were cool, first as a software developer, then as a professor of computer science. Her motto is “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.”

Holly Kays is an author and journalist who lives in Waynesville, North Carolina. Having earned more than 30 state and national awards during her news reporting career thus far, she is an outdoors editor and news reporter for The Smoky Mountain News and has contributed freelance pieces to various publications including Smoky Mountain Living Magazine and Smokies Life. When she’s not writing, she’s exploring Western North Carolina’s many hiking trails with her husband and four-legged best friend. Originally from Williamsport, Maryland, Kays is a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech’s creative writing and natural resources programs. She is the author of two books, the 2017 novel “Shadows of Flowers” and the 2019 book “Trailblazers & Traditionalists: Modern-Day Smoky Mountain People,” which introduces readers to a variety of fascinating people who call the Smoky Mountains region home. Both books are available at Malaprop’s.


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