40 Hike Challenge

Take the 40 Hike Challenge – Hike all 40 hikes in our new guide, Great Day Hikes on North Carolina’s Mountains-To-Sea Trail.   The 40 featured hikes highlight many of the most special spots on the 1175-mile MST as it crosses through small towns, national and state parks, quiet backroads, and historic sites. The hikes have been carefully chosen to appeal to hikers of all experience levels.

Can you hike all 40 hikes?

Discover the MST a day hike at a time by completing all 40 hikes.  While supplies last, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will send you a special patch featuring the 40 Hike Challenge logo when you finish!

Check for updates!

Things happen. It could be a construction project, storm damage, or wild animal issues, but we sometimes have to close or detour around parts of the trail. To be sure you have the latest information on the 40 Day Hikes or anywhere on the MST, check our updates page before heading out on your hike.

Challenge complete! How do I submit an entry?

To report completion of the 40 Hike Challenge you can submit an online entry using the form below.

You can also download and print a form here. Mail your entry form to:
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail: 3509 Haworth Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609

This form is a also a handy way to keep track of which hikes you’ve completed and which you’ve still got left to hike.

Share the fun.

Share photos and stories of your hikes on Facebook and Instagram so we can follow along with you! #MST40Hike

Julie “Jester” Gayheart has been sharing her adventures in a new podcast about the 4o Hike Challenge.  Her lively stories profile the hikes from west to east and introduce listeners to trail friends while she rediscovers her adopted home state.

Hiker Bill Blake is creating great videos about his 4o Hike Challenge on his Pleasant Fiction YouTube channel. Beyond helping plan for your own hikes, his videos are great if you want to armchair hike the challenge!

Great Day Hikes on North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Find hikes, full color maps and photographs of all your favorite trails.

Take a peek at the 40 hikes: hikers have been sharing their adventures from the 40 Hike Challenge.  Learn from others before you head out or experience the challenge through their eyes.

Start exploring North Carolina – one step at a time.
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