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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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Special Alert Regarding Hurricane Florence

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, land managers are working hard to restore access to public lands, but conditions remain dangerous, particularly in the eastern part of the state.  Our trail volunteers are beginning to assess damage as it is safe to do so, and will begin to plan workdays to address storm related issues.

CONSTRUCTION OF MST IN MOUNTAINS IS DONE; LONG-NEGOTIATED FINAL LINK OPENS

Construction of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) in western North Carolina is complete. The 346.8-mile route over some of the highest mountains in the Eastern United States is the longest continuous section of the MST built thus far. It goes from Clingmans Dome on the Tennessee-North Carolina border to Stone Mountain State Park, the MST’s gateway to the Piedmont.

Upcoming Events

Nov
10
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Cabe Lands
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Cabe Lands
Nov 10 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Cabe Lands | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work on the upper portion of the Cabe Lands loop trail. Details TBA. 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 Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Nov 10 all-day
Upper Haw River Section Workday
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.
Nov
11
Sun
all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Nov 11 all-day
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Details TBA. To be added to the email notification list to receive Falls Lake workday announcements and details, email bbrown@mountainstoseatrail.org.
Nov
14
Wed
10:30 am Eat BBQ to Raise Money for FMST @ City Barbeque
Eat BBQ to Raise Money for FMST @ City Barbeque
Nov 14 @ 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Eat BBQ to Raise Money for FMST @ City Barbeque | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States
Eat barbeque at the Falls of Neuse City Barbeque to raise money for FMST at Falls Lake. Print this coupon and have it scanned by the cashier for FMST to receive 25% of your check.
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 on the section from Penny’s Bend to Pleasant Green in preparation for the Race Across Durham. Details TBA. 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.
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