The mountains of western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina are a hikers paradise—rich with human history and home to some of the greatest biological diversity in the world. 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; the summit of Cold Mountain, and more. Each entry covers everything you need to know to enjoy your hike: maps and detailed directions, mileage, elevation gain, trail highlights, fees and hiking regulations, films and novels set in each location, and more.
Danny Bernstein’s book contains all the information you need to plan a day hike in the beautiful Carolina mountains. Hiking the Carolina Mountains
makes a perfect addition to the outdoor enthusiast’s bookshelf or backpack.
—Jeffrey Hunter, Southeast Trails Director, American Hiking Society
Bernstein sends us out to explore not only the well-known hiking destinations, but also the places . . . that have been neglected by other guides. A valuable, informative—and needed—addition to any hiker’s library.
—Leonard M. Adkins, author of Walking the Blue Ridge: A Guide to the Trails of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Lavishly illustrated, by one of the leading hiking specialists of today’s world.
—Smoky Mountain Times
A comprehensive collection that is sure to become a standard in the backpacks of new and experienced Western North Carolina Hikers.
—Smoky Mountain News
[Bernstein’s] detailed entries strike a perfect balance between practicality and a lyrical sense of what it’s like to walk the rich Carolina forests. The book is also rife with mountain history—both natural and human—including select quotes from earlier mountaineers and naturalists.
A gem, where a present-day view from Buck Spring Overlook on Mount Pisgah can lead to pondering the same view seen by George Vanderbilt’s 19th century guests and back to the full sweep of nature.
—G: The Magazine of Greenville