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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

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.
all-day Workshop – Intro to Sustainable ... @ Rockingham Community College
Workshop – Intro to Sustainable ... @ Rockingham Community College
Jul 8 all-day
Workshop - Intro to Sustainable Trailbuilding @ Rockingham Community College | Wentworth | North Carolina | United States
Rockingham Community College offers a 1-day workshop, “Intro to Sustainable Trailbuilding” from 9am to 4pm with the morning in the classroom and “hands-on” in the afternoon. This workshop is also available on July 22. Participants should bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water and gloves, safety glasses, long pants and boots or closed-toe shoes for afternoon session.[...]
Jul
15
Sat
all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Jul 15 all-day
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Only a half day of weed trimming the summer overgrowth. New meeting spot – meet at 8 am at Food Lion parking lot (GPS address is 121 Sherron Rd., Durham, NC 27703) Be sure to bring plenty of water, energy snacks and gloves. Please RSVP to jdbrewer104@gmail.com. To be added to the email notification list to receive[...]
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MST 40th Anniversary

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