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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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Nov
3
Sat
all-day Sauratown Trail Closes for Hunti...
Sauratown Trail Closes for Hunti...
Nov 3 2018 – Jan 1 2019 all-day
The Sauratown Trail will be closed for hunting season. Plan to take posted detours when hiking through this section of the MST.
Nov
17
Sat
all-day CANCELLED – Orange County 7-mile... @ 7-mile Creek Nature Preserve
CANCELLED – Orange County 7-mile... @ 7-mile Creek Nature Preserve
Nov 17 all-day
<<<<<<<<<< Cancelled >>>>>>>>>> Cancelled due to extremely wet trail making it unsafe to haul the stones <<<<<<<<<   >>>>>>>>>   Phase 1 was completed by Orange County, including parking, picnic tables and handicap accessible trail. We will work on phase 2, continuation to the creek. We need 8 volunteers to finish trail, firm up a rock crossing[...]
Nov
19
Mon
all-day Pisgah National Forest MST Trail... @ Steels Creek Area
Pisgah National Forest MST Trail... @ Steels Creek Area
Nov 19 all-day
Pisgah National Forest MST Trail Day @ Steels Creek Area
We will work in the Steels Creek area.  We will be trimming and cleaning out water diversions. Bring daypack, gloves, lunch or snack and fluids for the day. We will be hiking out after lunch. Meet at Morganton K-Mart at 8:30 or at the 181 Store at Brown Mountain Beach Road at 8:45 or at the trailhead[...]
Dec
1
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Penny's Bend to Pleasant Green
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Penny's Bend to Pleasant Green
Dec 1 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Penny's Bend to Pleasant Green | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work in several groups to walk the entire section from Penny’s Bend to Pleasant Green. We will be picking up trash, trimming, filling holes and generally preparing the trail for the Race Across Durham on December 2. To attend this workday and/or to be added to the Eno River workday notification email list, please contact FMST[...]
Dec
7
Fri
all-day Hillsborough’s Cates Creek Bridg... @ Hillsborough
Hillsborough’s Cates Creek Bridg... @ Hillsborough
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day
Hillsborough’s Cates Creek Bridge was damaged by Tropical Storm Florence. We will be working two days to replace it. On Friday, we will dig and pour footings and on Saturday, we will build the 24 foot bridge. Neighbors in the Forest Ridge community have set up a GoFundMe page and have raised the entire amount needed to[...]
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