Photo © Ben Jones

Why Create a Master Plan for the Holly Shelter Game Land?

The Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, with local land managers and partners, are developing a master plan for extending the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) over four miles in Holly Shelter Game Land. This MST extension will seek to connect existing sections of the MST in Holly Shelter Game Land (that utilize Holly Shelter Game Land unpaved roads) to the US 17/NC 210 intersection. Unlike the current MST in Holly Shelter, the new section of trail will be separated from the Game Land’s road network and have a designated trailhead parking facility. This will greatly increase safety, access to, and awareness of Holly Shelter’s incredible natural resource.

How to Get Involved

TAKE THE SURVEY: Answer a few questions to help the project team learn more about community preferences and needs.

On Thursday January 25th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, Friends of the MST will be hosting a public drop-in information session at the Pender County Annex Building in Hampstead located at 15060 Hwy 17, Hampstead, NC 28443. Members of the public are invited to stop by to share your thoughts and learn more about the project! Snacks and refreshments will be provided for attendees.

REVIEW THE DRAFT REPORT: The draft master plan report will be available in early 2024 for public comment — please check back!

Study Process and Schedule

Friends of the MST is working with several local partners and consultants, Alta Planning + Design and Nature Trails, to conduct this master plan process. The study is guided by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from local governments, nonprofits, the business community, and outdoor interest groups. It also draws on public and stakeholder input, analysis of existing conditions along the corridor, and recommendations from previous planning efforts. Alternatives analysis will be taking place in the Fall (2023) with trail alignment recommendations and a draft master plan document to be completed in early 2024.

Project Contact

Ben Jones MHS, MLA
Coastal Crescent Project Manager
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Office: 919-785-9100