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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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Jan
19
Sat
all-day Orange County Workday @ James M. Johnston Nature Preserve Trail
Orange County Workday @ James M. Johnston Nature Preserve Trail
Jan 19 all-day
We will be improving the trail through James M. Johnston Nature Preserve. Work includes: –reroute of the trail around the steep slope –repairing existing trail Some of the work will involve moving heavy rocks and working on a[...]
Jan
21
Mon
all-day Eno River Section Joint Trail Wo... @ Penny's Bend
Eno River Section Joint Trail Wo... @ Penny's Bend
Jan 21 all-day
Eno River Section Joint Trail Workday With Eno River Association @ Penny's Bend | Durham | North Carolina | United States
On Martin Luther King Day, we will work with the Eno River Association to haul trash and debris from along the river and trail at Penny’s Bend. With enough volunteers, we will work on privet as well. Meet at[...]
all-day Sauratown Trail Workday @ Rockhouse Road and Thore Road
Sauratown Trail Workday @ Rockhouse Road and Thore Road
Jan 21 all-day
We will be working on Sections 6 & 7 to Remove a retired bridge Clear small downed trees Clear a few larger trees Meet at 10 am at the intersection of Rockhouse Road and Thore Road (N36° 24.670′ W80°[...]
Jan
26
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ 4390 Old Cole Mill Road, Eno River State Park
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ 4390 Old Cole Mill Road, Eno River State Park
Jan 26 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ 4390 Old Cole Mill Road, Eno River State Park | North Carolina | United States
We will repair the Pea Creek and Dunnigans Trail. Meet at 9 am at the parking at 4390 Old Cole Mill Road. If you plant to work all day, bring lunch. Wear appropriate work clothes, boots or solid[...]
Feb
9
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Feb 9 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.
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