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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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MST in a Day

Join the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and hundreds of fellow hikers and walkers on Saturday, September 9 to hike the entire 1,175 miles of the MST in one day.

Upcoming Events

Jun
24
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ West Point on the Eno
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ West Point on the Eno
Jun 24 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ West Point on the Eno
We will work the section of the trail from West Point on the Eno to River Forest Park, trimming, weed whacking, removing trash and otherwise getting the trail in good shape for the Eno Festival. If the water is low enough, we will also improve the stream crossing at Crooked Creek. Meet at 8am (note the early[...]
all-day Grandfather Mountain State Park ... @ Grandfather Mountain State Park
Grandfather Mountain State Park ... @ Grandfather Mountain State Park
Jun 24 all-day
Grandfather Mountain State Park / MST Trail Day @ Grandfather Mountain State Park
We will work on the lower Profile Trail building steps, digging, raking and cutting roots along the trail. The hike in is 1/2 to 2 miles. We will meet at 8:45 am (location TBA) and finish at 1 pm. Meet at Lowes Foods parking lot near the intersection of NC105 and NC184, parking in the NE corner near[...]
Jul
1
Sat
all-day Festival for the Eno
Festival for the Eno
Jul 1 all-day
Volunteers are needed to work the FMST booth at the Festival for the Eno. We will be telling people about the MST, about the trails in the area and otherwise promoting the MST and the Friends of the MST. We will need volunteers to work shifts of 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6 on both July 1 and July[...]
Jul
4
Tue
all-day Festival for the Eno
Festival for the Eno
Jul 4 all-day
Volunteers are needed to work the FMST booth at the Festival for the Eno. We will be telling people about the MST, about the trails in the area and otherwise promoting the MST and the Friends of the MST. We will need volunteers to work shifts of 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6 on both July 1 and July[...]
Jul
8
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Jul 8 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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MST 40th Anniversary

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