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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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Mar
24
Fri
all-day 40th Anniversary Gathering of Fr...
40th Anniversary Gathering of Fr...
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day
40th Anniversary Gathering of Friends – Annual Meeting
The weekend of March 24th through 26th kicks off the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the MST with an expanded annual meeting, the Gathering of Friends, in Elkin, a friendly trail town between Stone and Pilot Mountain state parks that has enthusiastically embraced the MST. The weekend will officially begin Friday evening with a Hiking Boot Gala – an evening of fellowship and[...]
Apr
1
Sat
all-day Asheville Area Trail Workday
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Apr 1 all-day
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Trail work at Water Rock Knob to finish up work we started last year on the trail to the summit. Meet first at the Home Depot in West Asheville off I-40 exit 44 (Enka-Candler) on the hill behind McDonalds. Please arrive by 8:20 so we can sign everyone up, organize carpools and visit with each other. We’ll then[...]
all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Apr 1 all-day
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Projects – General Trail Maintenance on Sections 1-10 East Falls Lake to prepare the trail for the race on April 9, 2017. We also have projects that will take place on the West side of Falls Lake as well! Meet at Upper Barton Boat Ramp off Six Forks road. The boat ramp is 4/10 mile south of[...]
Apr
8
Sat
all-day Eno River, Durham Trail Workday @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Apr 8 all-day
Eno River, Durham Trail Workday @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Meet at 6101 Cole Mill Road, Eno River State Park, for trail building and repair. 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 Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Apr 8 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Meet at 9 AM at Guilford County Farm parking area adjacent to the greenhouses. 7315 Howerton Rd., Gibsonville 36.137161, -79.550819 (36°08’13.8″N 79°33’03.0″W) We will be building new trail and improving existing trail. We should be finished by 3 PM. Please let me know if you plan to attend by Monday, 4/3 so I will have a count[...]
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MST 40th Anniversary

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