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Hiking Western North Carolina – A Panel

March 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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This in-person panel will feature three well-known area hiking experts, Danny Bernstein (author of numerous books on hiking in the region), Bill Hart (author of 3000 Miles in the Smokies and one of the foremost experts on the Great Smoky Mountains), and Jason McDougald (Director of Camp Grier and leader and one of the founders of the G5 Trails Collective which is rapidly expanding the trails system in western McDowell County). Bernstein, Hart, and McDougald will share their insights on how they became interested in hiking in WNC, some of their most memorable regional hiking adventures, the revelation of their favorite, super-secret hiking trail in the region, and future exciting plans for promoting and expanding outdoor adventures in the region.

This panel will be the first of three events in the Mountain South Lecture Series. Other events include the “Somebody Died, Babe”: The Swannanoa Tunnel in Music and Memory talk on April 6 and “Fred Chappell – The Documentary” film screening on April 28.

This series is made possible with funding from Professorship of the Mountain South.


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March 24
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Professorship of the Mountain South


Reuter Center, Manheimer Room (102)