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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.

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Feb
27
Mon
all-day MST / Sauratown Trail Associatio... @ Mountain Trail Stables
MST / Sauratown Trail Associatio... @ Mountain Trail Stables
Feb 27 all-day
MST / Sauratown Trail Association Trail Workday @ Mountain Trail Stables
Planned work is to clear trees along the trail. Some sawyers are lined up and we need a few extra hands to assist. Meet at Mountain Trail Stables at 9 am. RSVP to mierischs@juno.com if you can come. Recommended to bring gloves, ear protection, loppers, water, lunch and a pack.  
Mar
1
Wed
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday
Upper Haw River Trail Workday
Mar 1 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday
 Work on MST along the Challenge Golf Course in Graham. Work will be first pass; clearing with loppers, chain saws, trimmers and some grubbing. Trail work expected to be finished by 3 pm. Meet at 9:30 am at the back of parking area for the Challenge Golf Club off Challenge Drive (Use Exit 148 off I40/I85). Address[...]
Mar
4
Sat
all-day Eno River, Durham Trail Workday ... @ Eno River State Park
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday ... @ Eno River State Park
Mar 4 all-day
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday – Note Change @ Eno River State Park
Meet at 9am at Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Road. We will continue building trail and make repairs on the Cox Mountain Trail, working until about 4pm. To attend this workday and/or to be added to the Eno River workday notification email list, please contact FMST Task Force Leader Fred Dietrich at fred.dietrich@duke.edu.
Mar
11
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Mar 11 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
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.
Mar
24
Fri
all-day 40th Anniversary Gathering of Fr...
40th Anniversary Gathering of Fr...
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day
40th Anniversary Gathering of Friends – Annual Meeting
The weekend of March 24th through 26th kicks off the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the MST with an expanded annual meeting, the Gathering of Friends, in Elkin, a friendly trail town between Stone and Pilot Mountain state parks that has enthusiastically embraced the MST. The weekend will officially begin Friday evening with a Hiking Boot Gala – an evening of fellowship and[...]
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MST 40th Anniversary

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