Bernstein, Danny


Danny Bernstein’s mission is to get people out of their cars and hiking. She’s so excited to show summitters the Smokies, her home national park. A committed hiker for over forty years, Danny completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and the French section of the El Camino. She leads day hikes for several regional outdoor organizations, including Friends of the Smokies, and Carolina Mountain Club. Author of two Southern Appalachian hiking guides and The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina, a narrative on walking the MST, Danny is now working on a book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields, which tells the human story of Southeastern national parks. 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.” Danny lives in Asheville but plans to die with her boots on.