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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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Sep
7
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all-day MST 41st Birthday Hike
MST 41st Birthday Hike
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day
MST 41st Birthday Hike
Between Friday, September 7th and Sunday the 9th get out for a hike on the MST! Help us collectively accumulate a huge number of miles walking on the MST across North Carolina in celebration of this beautiful trail and those who hike and maintain it. Walk where you want anywhere on the 1175 miles (or paddle the Neuse or Yadkin sections),[...]
Sep
22
Sat
all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Sep 22 all-day
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Details TBA. To be added to the email notification list to receive Falls Lake workday announcements and details, email bbrown@mountainstoseatrail.org.
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ...
Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ...
Sep 22 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday - National Public Lands Day @ Gibsonville | North Carolina | United States
Celebrate National Public Lands Day helping build a trail at Guilford Farm. Meet at 9 am adjacent to the greenhouses at Guilford County Farm, 7310 Howerton Road, Gibsonville. We expect to finish about 2 pm. Bring water, work gloves, snack and/or lunch and insect repellant. Tools will be provided. To attend this workday, or be added to[...]
7:00 am Table Rock Ultra @ Morganton, NC
Table Rock Ultra @ Morganton, NC
Sep 22 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
50K race starts at 7 am and 30 K race starts at 7:30 am. Roots and rocks; hills and creeks; views and memories… We offer them all and more at Table Rock Ultras. Your goal is, the finish line, but lying between you and that goal is a lot of climbing, creek crossing, rock-hopping, gel-taking, and limit-pushing. Visit[...]
Sep
29
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
Sep 29 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work in the Fews Ford area. 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.
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