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The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is North Carolina’s state hiking trail.

It stretches 1175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, stopping at many of our state’s most beautiful places along the way.

What is the MST? The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is as diverse as North Carolina. Along the trail, you may see mountain vistas, rolling Piedmont farms, picture postcard colonial towns, weathered tobacco barns, old textile villages, country churches, rushing mountain streams, coastal swamps, hardwood and pine forests, lighthouses, sand dunes, miles of seashore, and friendly people. 680 miles of the route are on trail, and connecting backroads and an optional paddle route allow hikers to trek across the state.

What can the MST mean to you? It may mean a short walk with your family near your home.  It may mean a weekend backpacking trip with friends. Or it may mean a challenging, inspiring trek of 1175 miles across North Carolina.  However you experience the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the beauty of North Carolina will fill you with wonder and joy.

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the growing community of members and volunteers who support the trail, an official unit of the North Carolina State Park System. We work statewide building and maintaining trail, encouraging communities to create new sections of trail, and helping people hike it. You can get involved and help support the trail.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Hikes the MST

In the end, it wasn’t about the distance

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Jennifer Pharr Davis completed a task she began at Clingmans Dome on Aug. 15: hiking the 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail. She shares her thoughts after completing her journey atop Jockey's Ridge State [...]

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Nov
3
Fri
all-day Sauratown Trail Closed for Hunti...
Sauratown Trail Closed for Hunti...
Nov 3 2017 – Jan 2 2018 all-day
The Sauratown Trail section of the MST is now closed for hunting season until January 2, 2018. Please observe the signs and plan accordingly.
Jan
1
Mon
all-day MST First Day Hike – Elkin @ MST Segment 6
MST First Day Hike – Elkin @ MST Segment 6
Jan 1 all-day
MST First Day Hike - Elkin @ MST Segment 6
Hike to Byrd’s Branch Campground is 1 1/2 mile; 3 miles round trip. Hike is in wooded forest partly along Grassy Creek, then passes through the “enchanted forest” of planted white pines to campground. Hot chocolate and coffee available half-way through the hike. Easy to moderate hike.  Suitable for family hiking. Pets allowed.  Bring water. Starting at 9[...]
all-day MST First Day Hike – Falls Lake @ MST near Blue Jay Point County Park
MST First Day Hike – Falls Lake @ MST near Blue Jay Point County Park
Jan 1 all-day
MST First Day Hike - Falls Lake @ MST near Blue Jay Point County Park
We’ll hike into Blue Jay Point County Park (closed, no toilets or water) along Falls Lake on Mountains-to-Sea Trail for 1.3 miles & return to cars. Difficulty: moderate, suitable for family hike Other: bring water, prepared for weather Meet at 11 am near Blue Jay Point County Park (BJPCP); gathering at Falls Lake causeway pull-off on Six[...]
all-day MST First Day Hike – Stone Mount... @ Lower Trailhead Parking
MST First Day Hike – Stone Mount... @ Lower Trailhead Parking
Jan 1 all-day
MST First Day Hike - Stone Mountain State Park @ Lower Trailhead Parking
A 3.5 mile loop hike to Stone Mountain, Wolf Rock, and Cedar Rock. Wear clothes and shoes suitable for weather conditions and bring water. Feel free to take pictures and post on the MST Facebook page. Difficulty: moderate with hills Meet the park ranger and/or Randy Mays (MST) at the Lower Trail Head Parking (Hutchinson Homestead area) at[...]
Jan
13
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Jan 13 all-day
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Details TBA. To attend this workday, or be added to the Upper Haw River workday notification message, please contact Greg Yahn at gregyahn99@gmail.com.
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