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.
Our panel of judges has now selected the winning photographs in the 2016 Photo Contest. Friends receives so many interesting, beautiful and unexpected shots that represent the wide range of MST environments and experiences.
Join us to kick off the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the MST with an expanded annual membership meeting in Elkin, a friendly trail town between Stone and Pilot Mountain state parks that has enthusiastically embraced the MST.
From the WataugaDemocrat.com By David Brewer: On Oct. 12, 2016, John Lanman completed North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail — an 1,100-plus mile trek he began in 2003.