Each year since 2017 when the MST celebrated its 40th birthday, we have come together in different ways to hike and share our love for the MST.

Plans for the 2020 birthday celebration in September will be announced this summer.

On September 9th, 2017, the exact date that the trail was proposed 40 years prior, we became the first known long-distance trail community to successfully hike the entire length of the trail in one day. MST in a Day was a monumental day – camaraderie and joy were felt from Clingmans Dome to Jockey’s Ridge.

In 2018, hikers were encouraged to go on a hike of their choosing and report their miles.

In 2019, 27 host communities held guided hikes to share their portion of the MST with hikers.