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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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Hiking the MST – “Start exploring North Carolina – one step at a time,” by Jerry Barker, 2017 Completer

“I’d like to hike the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST), but where do I start? Is there a map to follow? When is the best time to hike? Are there dangers? Can I do it alone?” When we begin thinking about doing a 1,000-mile trail there are also a thousand questions we ask. And even if we’re only thinking of hiking a short section, we still have questions to resolve before we take the first step. The purpose of this article is to give an overview of the MST, help familiarize you with others who have hiked the trail, and provide advice from previous hikers that will prove useful as you hit the trail.

Upcoming Events

Feb
19
Mon
all-day MST / Sauratown Trail Associatio... @ Mountain Trail Stables
MST / Sauratown Trail Associatio... @ Mountain Trail Stables
Feb 19 all-day
MST / Sauratown Trail Association Trail Workday @ Mountain Trail Stables
We will work in Section 10. Most of the work will be sawing with some digging. Meet at Mountain Trail Stables at 9 am. Meet on the deck side of the blue-roofed barn. Recommended to bring gloves, ear protection, water, lunch and a pack. Mattocks and loppers will be provided to those without them. RSVP to mierischs@juno.com[...]
all-day Pisgah National Forest MST Trail...
Pisgah National Forest MST Trail...
Feb 19 all-day
Pisgah National Forest MST Trail Day
We will be trimming, reblazing and reestablishing tread work or redigging bench on the North Harper Shortcut trail off USFS Rd 464 or Pineola Rd to finish work we started on February 12. Bring daypack, work gloves, lunch and/or snack and fluids for the day. Dress appropriately for the weather. We will finish at lunchtime and then[...]
Feb
24
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
Feb 24 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work 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.
all-day Sustainable Trail Construction w... @ Rockingham Community College
Sustainable Trail Construction w... @ Rockingham Community College
Feb 24 all-day
Classroom teaching and experiential learning are combined to help students understand the various aspects of sustainable trails.  The class meets from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm.  Certificates and CEUs will be awarded to all participants.  You can register online under the RCC Continuing Education/Online Registration tabs on our website (search for the key word “trail”).  You may also call 336-342-4261 ext. 2107 to[...]
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Feb 24 all-day
Upper Haw River Section Workday @ Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
We will maintain trails in the Greensboro watershed, primarily the Osprey Trail. Meet at 9am at the parking area behind the Chick-fil-A at 209 Pisgah Church Rd. Bring water, work gloves, snack and/or lunch. We have the tools, but if you have a favorite, bring it. Please RSVP so I can plan breakfast and the work to[...]
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Start exploring North Carolina – one step at a time.