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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

all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday
Upper Haw River Trail Workday
Aug 12 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Burlington | North Carolina | United States
Work includes trimming and clearing of multiple trails. We should finish by noon. Meet at 8 am at Burlington Conn’s HomePlus parking lot (3121-A Garden Road. Bring plenty of water, work gloves, long pants, work shoes, snack and/or lunch and insect repellant. Please RSVP by Monday, 8/7. To attend this workday, or be added to the Upper Haw[...]
all-day Workshop – Sustainable Trail Des... @ Rockingham Community College
Workshop – Sustainable Trail Des... @ Rockingham Community College
Aug 12 all-day
Workshop - Sustainable Trail Design and Layout @ Rockingham Community College | Wentworth | North Carolina | United States
Rockingham Community College offers a 1-day workshop, “Sustainable Trail Design and Layout” from 9am to 4pm with the morning in the classroom and “hands-on” in the afternoon. This workshop is also available on August 19. Participants should bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water and gloves, safety glasses, long pants and boots or closed-toe shoes for afternoon[...]
all-day Asheville Area Trail Workday
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Aug 19 all-day
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Details TBA. You will need to file a trail work agreement with CMC, the Forest Service and the Park Service if you haven’t already done so. This is a liability issue and must be completed. The form is at http://www.carolinamountainclub.org if you are a CMC member. Paper forms will be available at the work site for others.  
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MST 40th Anniversary

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