Meet Milestone Press

Milestone Press is a book publisher specializing in outdoor adventure guides for the Southern Appalachians. Our titles cover hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, road bicycling, motorcycle touring, waterfalls, rockhounding, and more—in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, North Georgia, and East Tennessee.

We produced our first book in 1992. Now, after more than two decades and dozens of other titles, we’re still a small company, focused on helping others enjoy the outdoors–and fiercely committed to the quality of our guidebooks.

From hiking and backpacking to bicycling and motorcycling, our guidebooks help you create your own outdoor experience.

Your favorite hikes from Milestone Press guidebooks are now accessible on your smartphone.

Curious about the latest at Milestone? See what we’ve been up to, what’s new, and what’s coming soon.

  • “Mary Ellen Hammond and Jim Parham are true professionals who are committed to creating and sharing the best trail information and a love of the outdoors. I really enjoy their systematic process when working through a project. I always know what to expect, and their 20-plus years of guidebook publishing shows through every step of the way.”

    Scott Lynch, author Family Hikes In Upstate South Carolina and Hiking South Carolina’s Foothills Trail
  • “When I first decided to write a hiking guidebook, I began researching publishers and quickly decided that Milestone Press was the right one for me because of their focus on the Southeast and the quality of their other books. However, once I met them, I realized that these people eat, sleep, and breathe the outdoors and are almost as passionate as I am about my book’s subject matter. They know and trust their authors and believe in working collaboratively. I have had an incredible experience working with Milestone Press. My book would not be the success it is today without their guidance, hard work, and eye for detail.”

    Jonah McDonald, author Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests
  • “Guides from Milestone Press really hit the mark. The level of expert local knowledge imparted by their authors is second to none, and clean, consistent design helps readers quickly zero-in on the information they need. Jim and Mary Ellen are great to work with, handling orders efficiently and working to ensure the success of author appearances.”

    Chris Wilcox City Lights Bookstore
  • “So sensible, well-designed and clear they should be a model for guidebooks everywhere.”

    BIKE Magazine