1. News

Hiker will speak on new book commemorating national parks anniversary

Hike leader and outdoor writer Danny Bernstein speaks about her newest book Wednesday at the Tampa Garden Club. The talk is free and open to the public.
Published Feb. 3, 2017

TAMPA — Just reading Danny Bernstein's hiking resume can be exhausting.

The Asheville, N.C., hike leader and outdoor writer has walked the entire 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine. She's hiked every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, over 800 miles in all, and completed the 1,000-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail through North Carolina. Bernstein has left footprints in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire; in the Catskills, Colorado and Canadian Rockies; on the Kalalau Trail in Hawaii and throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

On Wednesday, the Tampa Garden Club will host Bernstein for a talk about fulfilling her goal to visit all 71 national park units in the Southeast, as described in her fourth book, Forest, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South.

"I started in 2010 and finished last year as my personal contribution to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service," she said. "To me, the most interesting parks are the ones where I could really talk to people — rangers, interpreters, visitors and park partners."

This most recent quest took Bernstein from northern Kentucky to the southernmost parks in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including 10 in Florida, she said, "big ones like the Everglades and Big Cypress, Canaveral National Seashore and two very interesting and historic parks in St. Augustine."

Bernstein, 70, a software developer-turned-computer science college professor, began hiking in her early 20s and currently leads day hikes, week-end and long vacation trips throughout the South.

"These are national treasures — seashores, monuments, battlefields - and we need to spend time beyond seeing the movies and getting your park passport stamped. You have to go several times to really appreciate."

Bernstein's talk and book signing is free and open to the community.


  1. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    The fire destroyed one business and damaged others inside a strip mall at the corner of 49th Street South and 1st Avenue South
  2. Frances Werner-Watkins Julie Rinaldi
    News and notes on local businesses
  3. Courtesy of Brightline Brightline's Bright Blue passes by the West Palm Beach Station. The rail line has proposed a route between Orlando and Tampa.
    The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, but her name has not been released.
  4. In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Super Stock-class raceboats make the turn in Key West Harbor during the first of three days of racing at the Race World Offshore Key West Championships on Nov. 6 in Key West. ROB O'NEAL  |  AP
    The decline of coral reefs is the cause for concern.
  5. Mos Antenor, 42, drives a bulldozer while clearing the road after Hurricane Dorian Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas on Sept. 13. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) RAMON ESPINOSA  |  AP
    The damage estimate comes from a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank.
  6. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, right, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, in the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. SUSAN WALSH  |  AP
    Experts on foreign policy said it was ridiculous to think that one person could turn a country “bad.”
  7. President Donald Trump speaks during an event on healthcare prices in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) EVAN VUCCI  |  AP
    After a week of dramatic public hearings, investigators heard late Friday in closed session from State Department official David Holmes, who delivered a firsthand account that puts the president at...
  8. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    Two passengers were injured.
  9. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. Tampa Bay Times
    Son and father both had weapons during an early-morning argument.
  10. Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa, where a proposal to open a cafe has sparked debate on the role of parks in the city. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Two recent proposals to use public space downtown for private eateries have started a debate about the purpose of parks