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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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Upcoming Events

Jan
21
Sat
all-day Eno River, Durham Trail Workday @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Jan 21 all-day
Eno River, Durham Trail 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.
Feb
11
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Feb 11 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Work on MST along the Challenge Golf Course in Graham. 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.
Feb
18
Sat
all-day Eno River, Durham Trail Workday @ Guess Road parking area
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday @ Guess Road parking area
Feb 18 all-day
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday @ Guess Road parking area
Meet at 4404 Guess Road. We will repair trail on the West Point on the Eno portion of the MST. 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.
Mar
4
Sat
all-day Eno River, Durham Trail Workday ... @ River Forest Park parking area
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday ... @ River Forest Park parking area
Mar 4 all-day
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday & Durham Creek Week @ River Forest Park parking area
Meet at River Forest Park 400 Windermere Drive Durham, off Infinity Road. We will repair trail and remove trash. 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.
Mar
11
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Mar 11 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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