Photo © Bill Boyarsky

Thanks for being one of our most generous supporters. You make our work for the MST possible.

We hope you’ll join us for one or many of the events in a special series of hikes and zooms we’ve organized for supporters like you. We’ll be leading hikes in various locations around the state and holding regular zoom calls, so check back often for new events.

We have two goals for the hikes and zooms. One is to help you experience special parts of the trail, learn about our work, and meet board members, staff and other MST supporters like you. The other is for us to hear from you. We would love to get to know you, learn what inspires you about the trail, and hear ideas you may have about ways we can expand our impact.

Group sizes will be limited on the hikes, so be sure to sign up early, and please only sign up for hikes you know you can attend. On longer hikes, we will provide box lunches and snacks. Zooms have no size limit, but sign up early for those too!

Before your event, we will send you all the details about meeting location, zoom link, what to wear and bring with you, etc.

Wildflower Hike

Autumn Hike near Blowing Rock

Thursday, October 13, 9am

MST Segment 5

Join Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Executive Director Brent Laurenz and Grandfather MST Task Force leader and author Randy Johnson on a 2.4 mile autumn ramble near Blowing Rock. We’ll be taking one of the few circuit hikes along the MST that permits us to start and end a loop on Holloway Mountain Road. Following a portion of the Tanawha Trail, then the Boone Fork Trail, we’ll return to Tanawha and our cars to form what Johnson calls the Holloway Meadow Loop. The mostly level ramble explores colorful deciduous woods, a rhododendron and white pine forested stream valley, and open meadows with great views. Johnson, who devised this hike for his book Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon, will point out evidence of early settlers and how the Mountains-to-Sea Trail follows both pre-existing and newly built trails.

Moderate. 2.4 mile loop. Group Size: Up to 12.

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