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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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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

Sep
22
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all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ West Point on the Eno
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ West Point on the Eno
Sep 22 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ West Point on the Eno | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will be cleaning up debris left from flooding and from TS Florence. If we have plenty of people, we will have some go to Penny’s Bend or one of the state park areas. Meet at 9 am at the trail parking at West Point on the Eno on Roxboro Road (US501). Cross the bridge, if coming[...]
all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday and Nat...
Falls Lake Trail Workday and Nat...
Sep 22 all-day
Falls Lake Trail Workday and National Public Lands Day
Work includes relocating a section of trail near Hwy 98 at Rolling View, work on the 40 ft bridge near Rolling View and general trail maintenance on Sections 10-23 in Durham County. Meet at 9 am at the Food Lion parking lot at the intersection of Patterson/Sherron and Hwy 98 (121 Sherron Road, Durham). Bring plenty of[...]
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ...
Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ...
Sep 22 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday - National Public Lands Day - CANCELLED @ Gibsonville | North Carolina | United States
  Cancelled due to aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
7:00 am Table Rock Ultra @ Morganton, NC
Table Rock Ultra @ Morganton, NC
Sep 22 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
50K race starts at 7 am and 30 K race starts at 7:30 am. Roots and rocks; hills and creeks; views and memories… We offer them all and more at Table Rock Ultras. Your goal is, the finish line, but lying between you and that goal is a lot of climbing, creek crossing, rock-hopping, gel-taking, and limit-pushing. Visit[...]
Sep
29
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park
Sep 29 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work in the Fews Ford area. We will be cleaning up damage from TS Florence and other projects to improve the trail. Meet at the Fews Ford parking area (loop at end of road) at Eno State Park (6101 Cole Mill Road) at 9 am. To attend this workday and/or to be added to the[...]
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