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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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Upcoming Events

May
1
Mon
all-day Pisgah National Forest MST Trail...
Pisgah National Forest MST Trail...
May 1 all-day
Pisgah National Forest MST Trail Day
We will work the Pinnacle area, working the section down to Fonta Flora community on Linville River (about a 3 mile section). We will provide tools. Bring a daypack, gloves, lunch, snacks, and fluids for the day. Meet at K-Mart Morganton at 8:30 AM or at Lake James Boat Launch on Hwy 126 near Wolf Pit Road[...]
May
4
Thu
all-day MST Communities Conference @ MST Communities Conference
MST Communities Conference @ MST Communities Conference
May 4 – May 5 all-day
MST Communities Conference @ MST Communities Conference | Elkin | North Carolina | United States
Please join us Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th for the 2nd-Biennial conference focused on how trail communities and trail leaders can work together to make the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) great for hikers and for the counties and towns the trail goes through. The conference will be a place to: learn about how long-distance trails like the[...]
May
6
Sat
all-day Annual Eno River Section Picnic @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Annual Eno River Section Picnic @ Cole Mill Road parking area
May 6 all-day
Annual Eno River Section Picnic @ Cole Mill Road parking area
Meet at 6101 Cole Mill Road, Eno River State Park. 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 Asheville Area Trail Workday – C...
Asheville Area Trail Workday – C...
May 6 all-day
Asheville Area Trail Workday - Cancelled
  Cancelled to concentrate on Pisgah Gride Day.  
May
13
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
May 13 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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