Thanks to everyone who made the 41st MST Birthday Hike a big success! 514 hikers and paddlers joined together that hot September 7-9 weekend for cumulative mileage of 3,276 miles, an average of 6.4 miles each. With Hurricane Florence bearing down on NC, we’re sure others hiked but didn’t record their trip. We shared some stories on [...]
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 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.
Buying clothes treated with insect repellent can drive away bugs and attract funds for Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail thanks to Greensboro-based Insect Shield. The company has announced it will donate 10% of the value of any online purchases of its products by Friends of the MST members, or their friends.
Join us in Surf City - Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24 - for the 2019 Gathering of Friends. You'll get to hear the latest MST news, meet fellow trail enthusiasts, learn new skills, and explore some of the special places along the Coastal Crescent route of the MST. Highlights at the Gathering will include: A [...]
Save the date for an exciting new annual festival celebrating the MST and surrounding trails in Elkin on May 31 - June 2, 2019. This long weekend will be full of family-oriented competitive and recreational activities, educational workshops, guest speakers, art exhibitions, guided hikes, outdoor oriented vendors and non-profits and lots of opportunities to get out and [...]
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail has signed an agreement to assist Orange County’s efforts to build and maintain the MST in that county. “This is an important step toward completing a critical link for the trail in the Triangle and beyond,” said Kate Dixon, executive director of the Friends. “The agreement was built on the shoulders of [...]
Signs are going up along the road sections of the current MST route. Volunteers have fanned out to screw signs into sign posts and paint blazes at road intersections. To date, the signs are up in Bladen, Onslow, Pender, Sampson, and Surry counties. The next step is to install signs in Carteret, Craven and Cumberland counties. And we’ll [...]