Each year, we celebrate how far the trail has come since September 1977, when Howard Lee (pictured far right), then the Secretary of the NC Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, proposed “establishing a state trail between the mountains and the seashore in North Carolina.”
This year, there are several great ways to get involved:
- Hike – Participate in the Birthday Challenge by hiking or paddling 46 miles or biking 146 miles on the MST or volunteering 15 hours between Sept. 1st through Sept. 30th or explore the MST by joining one of our many group hikes listed below.
- Attend a Ribbon Cutting Event – join us as we celebrate the unveiling of the eastern terminus monument at Jockey’s Ridge, commemorate the opening of newly built trail in Bentonville or celebrate the Roseboro Heritage Trail.
- Participate in a Volunteer Workday – check out our event calendar for locations and dates across the state and participate to help maintain the MST.
- Hear from our Completers – several completers will join us on Zoom to discuss how they planned and completed their hike on the MST. See below for details.
- Give or Fundraise to Support the MST – give a special $46 birthday gift to the trail.
As part of our continuing commitment to making the MST a welcoming, diverse and inclusive place, we encourage you to invite friends, colleagues, family, and neighbors who have not been on an MST adventure to join in.