I’m a hiker, hike leader and outdoor writer.

To appreciate the outdoors and to conserve the land, you have to get out there. Hiking is the way I understand the mountains, rivers and trees that I find on the way.

I enjoy walking with others. Walking inspires talking, thinking and sharing. Danny Bernstein

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Danny’s Blog

The Smokies – Always something new

Have you been to Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park lately? A couple of days ago, Haley, Outreach & ...
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Classic Hikes of the Smokies – 2022… Yeah!

My last post was a downer on the pain of hiking in the winter: snow, ice, indecision... And yesterday Punxsutawney ...
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Leading group hikes in the winter

I am not that crazy about snow and ice and winter. With all the pictures on Facebook of wonderful snow ...
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/ Carolina Mountain Club, Hiking

Horsepasture River Before the Storm

Tonight in most of the southeast, we are expecting a major snow storm. But today was a good day to ...
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/ National Forests

No hidden gems on public land

When I first moved to Western North Carolina, I took several college courses on Southern Appalachia. My first instructor was ...
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/ Appalachian Trail, Hiking, State Parks

What is happening to Airbnb?

I first used Airbnb in 2013 when I stayed with a French woman in Marseilles for several days. I had ...
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/ Travel