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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

Mar
4
Sat
all-day Eno River, Durham Trail Workday ... @ Eno River State Park
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday ... @ Eno River State Park
Mar 4 all-day
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday – Note Change @ Eno River State Park
Meet at 9am at Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Road. We will continue building trail and make repairs on the Cox Mountain Trail, working until about 4pm. 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.
Mar
24
Fri
all-day 40th Anniversary Gathering of Fr...
40th Anniversary Gathering of Fr...
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day
40th Anniversary Gathering of Friends – Annual Meeting
The weekend of March 24th through 26th kicks off the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the MST with an expanded annual meeting, the Gathering of Friends, in Elkin, a friendly trail town between Stone and Pilot Mountain state parks that has enthusiastically embraced the MST. The weekend will officially begin Friday evening with a Hiking Boot Gala – an evening of fellowship and[...]
Apr
1
Sat
all-day Asheville Area Trail Workday
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Apr 1 all-day
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Trail work at Water Rock Knob. 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[...]
all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Apr 1 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.
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MST 40th Anniversary

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