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. And not only will you experience a fantastic cross section of the state and the MST, but by taking on the challenge, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will send you a special patch featuring the 40 Hike Challenge logo when you finish!

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.  All 40 hikes must be completed between March 23, 2020 and March 31, 2023.

Report Your Completion

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

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

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

40 Hike Challenge Shirt

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.