The Multi-Talented Common Violet

The Multi-Talented Common Violet

  • March 31, 2017

We seem to have wildflowers on the brain here at Milestone Press. This may be because Jim Parham is nearing the end of a five-year book project titled Wildflower Walks & Hikes: North Carolina Mountains, due out next year. But the other reason is…

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A Brief History Of Forsythia

A Brief History of Forsythia

  • March 15, 2017

A recent post about flowers that mark old home places in the Southern Appalachians mentioned the early spring-flowering shrub forsythia. Like daffodils, forsythia blooms are golden, making bright spots in the woods where cabins and farmsteads once stood. Like daffodils,…

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Hiking Back To The Home Place

Hiking Back to the Home Place

  • February 28, 2017

It's been a warm winter here in the Smokies. And although we expect more cold weather in March, there's reason to expect that unlike last year, it will be an early spring. The earliest spring flowers are already in evidence. Daffodils…

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Closing The Door On The Fires Of 2016

Closing The Door On The Fires of 2016

  • December 31, 2016

The year was drawing to a close. The weather for the first day of 2017 looked iffy. So December 31 seemed the perfect time to hike to the nearby Wesser Bald Fire Tower in Nantahala National Forest to survey the damage wrought…

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In Praise Of Our Local Bookseller

In Praise of Our Local Bookseller

  • December 7, 2016

As we enter the holiday gift-giving season, it's time to shine some light on our wonderful local bookstore. This would be City Lights in downtown Sylva, NC. Over the decades, our relationship to the staff at City Lights has been multi-faceted.…

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Supporting Our Local Library In Swain County, NC

Supporting Our Local Library in Swain County, NC

  • November 21, 2016

Milestone Press may be an outdoor publisher, but not all our work—and not all our discoveries—happen in the great outdoors. Last weekend we participated in our local library's Read Local Book Fair, where library patrons get a chance to peruse books…

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Trail Volunteers In Action At Tsali

Trail Volunteers in Action at Tsali

  • November 7, 2016

When mountain biking first came on the scene in the southeastern United States back in the late 1980's, people could ride their bikes on almost any trail. Seeing a cyclist on a “foot-only” trail was a novelty for most people. As…

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25 Years. More Than 10,000 Adventure Trail Miles.

25 Years. More Than 10,000 Adventure Trail Miles.

  • October 28, 2016

This week marks 25 years since we opened our publishing doors in 1991. That made us wonder: Just how many miles of adventure trails have we covered in our guidebooks over the years? A deep dive into our database yields some numbers we think…

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Milestone Press Donates Map Proceeds For Tsali Trails

Milestone Press Donates Map Proceeds for Tsali Trails

  • October 11, 2016

When Milestone Press published Jim Parham's new Tsali Trails Map on April 1 of this year, we pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds toward maintenance of Tsali's trails. This week, we made our first donation from sales of the map, which covers…

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Hawk Hagebak & His Classic Motorcycle Guidebooks

Hawk Hagebak & His Classic Motorcycle Guidebooks

  • September 30, 2016

Our friend Hawk Hagebak Hawk hails from Atlanta, and his love for the Southern Appalachians brings him and his motorcycle our way every once in a while. Hawk stopped by recently, this time with his wife Lisa and their 16-year-old daughter, Annabelle. They were…

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