Free Book Friday: Explore the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with Hiker Danny Bernstein

Free Book Friday: Explore the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with Hiker Danny Bernstein

9781609497200Happy Free Book Friday! Today’s special giveaway, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History, comes from seasoned hiker Danny Bernstein.

Comment on this post by Sunday, February 24 (12:00 a.m., EST) for your chance to win a copy of the book!

The winner of the drawing will be announced Monday morning.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail shows off the most spectacular, historic and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape. Stretching one thousand miles from Clingmans Dome in the Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, the route takes in Fraser fir trees and pelicans, old grist and textile mills, working cotton and tobacco farms, Revolutionary War sites and two British cemeteries complete with Union Jacks.

From Moore’s Wall in Hanging Rock State Park.

From Moore’s Wall in Hanging Rock State Park.

The trail is half on footpaths and half on back roads, offering experiences not only in nature but also in small towns, at historic monuments, in family cemeteries and in local shops. Author Danny Bernstein has taken it all in and shares her knowledge for those who might follow in her footsteps in The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History.

Click the image below to READ Chapter One of The Mountains-to-Sea Trail! [issuu backgroundcolor=2A5083 showflipbtn=true documentid=130124215530-4e78ed744b4d48239f7e6273327b9812 docname=mountains-to-sea-by-danny-bernstein username=historypressusa loadinginfotext=The%20Mountains-to-Sea%20Trail%20Across%20North%20Carolina%3A%20Walking%20One%20Thousand%20Miles%20through%20History width=300 height=225 unit=px<p align=”center”>]

Danny Bernstein’s mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. She’s been a committed hiker for over forty years, completing the Appalachian Trail, all the trails danny bernsteinin Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South Beyond 6000 (all the mountains higher than 6,000 feet in the East), many other hiking challenges and, of course, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Danny and her husband maintain a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and a section of the Appalachian Trail on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Trails don’t maintain themselves, and people have to get out there to clip, clean and remove blow downs. Danny keeps hiking and leads hikes for the Carolina Mountain Club and Friends of the Smokies. She’s on the board of directors of the Great Smoky Mountains Association. She’s written two hiking guides, Hiking the Carolina Mountains (2007) and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains (2009). She blogs at In her previous life, she worked in computer science for thirty-five years, way before computing was cool, first as a software developer and then as a professor of computer science. Her motto is: “No place is too far to walk if you have the time.”

doughton parkFor anyone interested in hiking across North Carolina and learning more about what to expect on the trek, this is the book to read. In entertaining style, Danny Bernstein shares what she learned on her cross-state journey. When she saw something intriguing, she interviewed locals and read widely so she could understand it more fully. In this book, she shares her insights and knowledge so that other North Carolina travelers can understand and appreciate our beautiful state even more.”
-Kate Dixon, Executive Director, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

You may also like Danny’s blog-exclusive interview: Trailblazing from Mountain to Sea: Author Takes on 1,000 Miles of Wilderness, History


  1. Looks like a lovely book, would very much like a copy. Ready for spring so we can take our Corgi hiking in the great outdoors!

  2. Love the MST and love history. Can’t wait to get a copy.

  3. avatar Steve Pierce says:

    Looking forward to Danny’s new book.

  4. i love both the mountains & the beach, so this book looks great.

  5. avatar Mary Ellen Hammond says:

    Danny is an intrepid adventurer–looking forward to seeing her latest book!

  6. avatar Marilyn Brenner says:

    This looks like a great read! Danny is an inspiration for hiking, and I’d love to read about her adventures along some of the most beautiful places in NC!

  7. I’ve been telling everyone about this book. It is a very “doable” goal.

  8. We have 2 of Danny’s hiking books and would love to get this one too.

  9. We’re pretty proud of the diversity of trails here in Arizona, but this book makes me want to explore NC. This looks like an amazing trail, and I love the attention the author seems to give the history along the way. Great job!

  10. Interesting book on an interesting topic. Hopefully there will be several more published in the future on the intersection between hiking and history. I have usually found that people who are interested in history care about the natural environment and vice versa.

  11. Great first chapter, looking forward to reading the entire book

  12. Looks like a great book, I live to hike….
    Take Care

  13. avatar History Press says:

    Hi folks! Thank you so much for your participation. This week’s winner (picked by the robots at is Gayleen Gindy. Please check back soon for our next giveaway.


    The History Press team

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