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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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Aug
19
Sat
all-day Asheville Area Trail Workday
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Aug 19 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 Workshop – Sustainable Trail Des... @ Rockingham Community College
Workshop – Sustainable Trail Des... @ Rockingham Community College
Aug 19 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 12. Participants should bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water and gloves, safety glasses, long pants and boots or closed-toe shoes for afternoon[...]
Aug
29
Tue
6:00 pm Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Highland Brewing Company
Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Highland Brewing Company
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Adventures on the MST: An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis @ Highland Brewing Company | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
Join other trail enthusiasts to learn about and celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis. Jennifer, a world-renowned hiker, author, and speaker, hiked the Appalachian Trail in 46 days in 2011. From August to November 2017, she will be hiking all 1175 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST), from the Great Smokies to the[...]
Sep
9
Sat
all-day MST in a Day @ Statewide on MST
MST in a Day @ Statewide on MST
Sep 9 all-day
MST in a Day @ Statewide on MST
Forty years to the day that Howard Lee gave his original speech suggesting the creation of the MST, hundreds of trail enthusiasts will each walk or paddle a portion of the trail so that, through our collective efforts, 100% of the trail will be covered in a single day.  Registration to participate by walking one or more[...]
Sep
16
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Sep 16 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.
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MST 40th Anniversary

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