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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

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Upcoming Events

Nov
18
Sat
all-day Sustainable Trail Assessment Tra... @ Rockingham Community College
Sustainable Trail Assessment Tra... @ Rockingham Community College
Nov 18 all-day
This one-day intermediate training session will teach participants how to take a critical look at trails to assess condition, maintenance and safety using classroom and experiential learning. Participants will begin by discussing how trail condition, maintenance and safety can affect the “trail experience.” Students will learn and discuss how the interpretation of assessment results may very depending[...]
Dec
4
Mon
all-day Sustainable Trail Design and Lay... @ Rockingham Community College
Sustainable Trail Design and Lay... @ Rockingham Community College
Dec 4 – Dec 7 all-day
The Duke Energy TRAILS program at Rockingham Community College is pleased to announce that our four-day basic skills training session – Sustainable Trail Design and Layout, Construction, and Maintenance – will be repeated December 4-7 beginning at 1 pm on Monday and ending at 12:15 pm on Thursday. The cost will be $125/person.  Certificates and CEUs will be awarded[...]
Dec
9
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park
Dec 9 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work on the Cox Mountain trail reroute. Details TBA. 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.
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Dec 9 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
23
Fri
all-day Gathering of Friends @ Elkin, NC
Gathering of Friends @ Elkin, NC
Mar 23 – Mar 25 all-day
Gathering of Friends @ Elkin, NC
More details coming soon.
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MST 40th Anniversary

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