The highest priority of Friends of the MST is the health and well-being of our volunteers, staff and users of the MST. We have updated our trail usage guidelines to reflect Phase 3 of the Governor’s Executive Order. (October 2, 2020.)

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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.


New MST Podcast Alert

If you are feeling glum after the final episode of the Away Message MST podcast series, Julie “Jester” Gayheart has picked up the proverbial podcast hiking stick.  Jester, an AT completer, had been mildly curious about [...]

MST Completer Spotlight | Graham Zimmerman

  As expected, fewer people have hiked (and completed) the Mountains-to-Sea Trail this year than in recent years. For those that did, they had to be incredibly self reliant. Most trail angels weren't offering rides [...]

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