Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains
by Danny Bernstein
Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains are some of the oldest on earth. The national and state parks, national forests, and many other public lands within them boast thousands of miles of designated hiking trails along pristine streams, old-growth forests, and ancient heath balds with stunning views. This guide includes 72 great day hikes ranging from 1 to 13 miles, with destinations like the stone tower of Hanging Rock State Park; Max Patch on the Appalachian Trail; the “Opera Box” at Chimney Rock State Park; the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Craggy Gardens; the waterfalls of Linville Gorge; and Gregory Bald in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each entry includes complete driving and hiking directions, maps, trailhead GPS coordinates, elevation gain, trail highlights, and related historical anecdotes, plus books and movies related to each locale.
About the Author
Outdoor writer and hike leader Danielle “Danny” Bernstein is an Appalachian Trail end-to-ender who has also hiked all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and completed the Mountains-to-Sea trail across North Carolina. Her guidebooks include Hiking the Carolina Mountains and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Danny lives with her husband in Asheville, NC.