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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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MST in a Day

Join the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and hundreds of fellow hikers and walkers on Saturday, September 9 to hike the entire 1,175 miles of the MST in one day.

Upcoming Events

Jun
3
Sat
all-day Asheville Area Trail Workday
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Jun 3 all-day
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Details TBA. You will need to file a trail work agreement with CMC, the Forest Service and the Park Service if you haven’t already done so. This is a liability issue and must be completed. The form is at http://www.carolinamountainclub.org if you are a CMC member. Paper forms will be available at the work site for others.  
all-day National Trails Day & Falls Lake...
National Trails Day & Falls Lake...
Jun 3 all-day
National Trails Day & Falls Lake Trail Workday
Projects for the Day are: General Trail Maintenance on Sections 10-23 and Ward Campsite work. The recent rains have done some damage to the trail that must be addressed. We also have some new trail construction taking place as we work on a trail relocation near Rolling View. You will need: Work clothes and solid shoes or hiking boots.[...]
all-day National Trails Day and Eno Rive... @ Cole Mill Road parking area
National Trails Day and Eno Rive... @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Jun 3 all-day
National Trails Day and Eno River Workday @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Meet at 6101 Cole Mill Road, Eno River State Park for trail building and repair. 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.
Jun
10
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Jun 10 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.
Jul
8
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Jul 8 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.
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MST 40th Anniversary

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