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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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Pender County and Surf City Selected to Host 2019 Annual Mountains-to-Sea Trail Conference

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail announced at the Pender County Commissioners meeting on Monday, May 7 that Surf City and Pender County will host its Gathering of Friends, March 22-24, 2019. The Gathering is the annual membership meeting and weekend of excursions for the Friends group that supports the 1175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The weekend will bring hundreds of visitors from across North Carolina to the area.

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all-day Asheville Area Trail Workday – N...
Asheville Area Trail Workday – N...
Jun 2 all-day
Asheville Area Trail Workday - National Trails Day
Details TBA. 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 for others.  
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
Jun 2 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday - National Trails Day @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
National Trails Day at 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 National Trails Day at Falls Lake
National Trails Day at Falls Lake
Jun 2 all-day
National Trails Day at Falls Lake
June 2 is National Trails Day. Details TBA. To be added to the email notification list to receive Falls Lake workday announcements and details, email bbrown@mountainstoseatrail.org.
all-day Take a Hike with a Veteran on th... @ Reconnect 2 Nature
Take a Hike with a Veteran on th... @ Reconnect 2 Nature
Jun 2 all-day
Take a hike with a veteran on the MST from Reconnect2Nature in Blowing Rock. Click here for details.
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ... @ Guilford County Farm
Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ... @ Guilford County Farm
Jun 2 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday - National Trails Day @ Guilford County Farm | Gibsonville | North Carolina | United States
We will be working on new trail at Guilford County Farm. Meet at 9:00 am adjacent to the greenhouses at Guilford County Farm, 7310 Howerton Rd. Gibsonville, NC. We expect to finish by about 2 pm Bring water, work gloves, snack and/or lunch and insect repellant and wear long pants and work shoes. Tools will be provided.[...]
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