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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.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Hikes the MST

In the end, it wasn’t about the distance

On Saturday, Nov. 18, Jennifer Pharr Davis completed a task she began at Clingmans Dome on Aug. 15: hiking the 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail. She shares her thoughts after completing her journey atop Jockey's Ridge State [...]

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Upcoming Events

Jan
27
Sat
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
Jan 27 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work on the Cox Mountain trail reroute. We will dig and level the trail tread, fill holes, and remove rocks from the trail. We will also build a crossing of a damp area. Meet at 9 am at the Few’s Ford area at the end of Cole Mill Road in Eno State Park. Wear solid[...]
Jan
30
Tue
1:00 pm Sustainable Trail Assessment, Pe... @ Rockingham Community College
Sustainable Trail Assessment, Pe... @ Rockingham Community College
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm
This intermediate training session will teach participants how to take a critical look at trails to assess condition, maintenance and safety. Students will also discuss potential permitting requirements and trail contracting for natural surface sustainable trail projects. Classroom teaching and experiential learning will be combined to help students understand trail assessment, permits, and contracts. Click here for additional information. This class[...]
Feb
10
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Feb 10 all-day
Upper Haw River Section Workday
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
10
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Mar 10 all-day
Upper Haw River Section Workday
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
23
Fri
all-day Gathering of Friends @ Coley Hall at the Liberty
Gathering of Friends @ Coley Hall at the Liberty
Mar 23 – Mar 25 all-day
Gathering of Friends @ Coley Hall at the Liberty
We will again have our Gathering in Elkin. Join other MST enthusiasts for our annual membership meeting and a weekend of trail and town excursions across the Yadkin Valley.  Most events will be centered in downtown Elkin again, with our home base at Coley Hall at the Liberty. Registration will open in early January. Room blocks are[...]
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