Stories by Danny Bernstein

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Danny has been an accomplished Western N.C. hiker for more than 40 years, completing the Appalachian Trail, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She is the author of three hiking books, including The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History.

Picnic Story: Mount Mitchell

Old Mitchell Trail

Visitors to  Mount Mitchell State Park  can walk in the footsteps of Elisha Mitchell himself, the man credited with discovering the highest peak in the east. This area of the Black Mountains would have been quite wild during Mitchell's treks in the early 19th century. Today, this well-marked trail offers a challenging but rewarding route to the summit.Tip: Pack a sweater or

Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

Visit the side of a summer home from the turn of the 20th century What to Expect This trail offers views of beautiful mountain ridges and a lake.  Take the short access trail and turn left on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST). The trail follows the MST marked by white circles, on a carriage road. Reach the site of Rattlesnake Lodge, the former summer home of Asheville physician and

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Lunch Rocks Trail

Pack a lunch for this moderate trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway What to Expect This section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) leads from the  Folk Art Center  to a beautiful view of the Haw Creek valley at Lunch Rocks. After your hike, be sure to stop into the Folk Art Center to discover art and handicrafts made by local artists. Park in the Folk Art Center parking lot. Follow the

Mount Pisgah Hike: Story Only

Mount Pisgah Trail

Hike to the top of Asheville's most recognizable peak What to Expect On a clear day, Mount Pisgah 's 5,721-foot summit can easily be seen from downtown Asheville . Likewise, after a steep climb through hardwood forest, Asheville is clearly visible 16 miles away.   Mt. Pisgah is like the Eiffel tower, probably the most recognized high point of Western North Carolina. After you see the

Hard Times Loop Hike

Hard Times Loop Trail

Take a hike in the forest just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville What to Expect This gentle trail takes hikers through Bent Creek Experimental Forest and the  North Carolina Arboretum , with great views of mountain ridges and Lake Powhatan, as well as a glimpse of the magnificent  Biltmore House . From the trailhead, walk through the gate and down the road. At the first

Big Butt Trail

Big Butt Trail

A high-elevation hike through a northern hardwoods forest   What to Expect Two trails start at Walker Knob Overlook. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail with its characteristic white circles starts from the middle of the parking area. This hike on the Big Butt Trail goes up from the left side, in back of a wooden sign which says "Little Butt 3 miles," a slight overestimation.

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