Join us the weekend of September 6 – 8 to hike in celebration of the MST’s 42nd birthday!
We’ve planned several fun ways for you to take part.
Group hikes in Trail towns across the MST
MST birthday hikers will conquer new territory with local and knowledgeable guides. We know hikers love to hang around a place and explore so we encourage you to make a weekend of it. Check out the restaurants, breweries, retailers and locals who support the MST in these great trail towns.
Registration for these hikes will open in late July. Hike capacity ranges between 12 to 25 participants. We will share distance, type of terrain and other cool facts about each hike.
Hike 42 miles on the MST in one weekend and raise funds for the Birthday Fund. Join GetGoingNC’s Joe Miller for a guided hike in Segment 5, most likely to be based out of Julian Price Park near Blowing Rock and exploring 42 miles of the trail. Logistics are still being sorted, but with Joe and crew involved, this will be a fun and meaningful way to celebrate the MST’s 42nd. If 42 miles are too daunting for you, there will be shorter options too.
Hike on your own!
Hike with your family, dog, troop, or just yourself on the MST sometime over the weekend. We still want to count you in our official hiker tally, so we’ll ask you sign a pledge to hike beforehand and report your hike afterwards.
To be notified when registration opens for the group hikes, to get more info on the 42-Mile Challenge, or to simply be reminded about this event later, sign up here.
This is the third year we’ve celebrated the MST with a weekend of hiking. In 2017, we held MST in a Day – a beautiful day when we hiked the entire 1175 miles of the trail, with the help of over 1700 hikers, each taking a leg.
Watch the scenes from that amazing day:
Last year, when the trail turned 41, we enlisted hikers to hike sometime during the birthday weekend and report their hikes. This was another stunning weekend, and many folks hiked with us in celebration.
We hope you’ll make an annual tradition of celebrating the MST!