MST in a Day

MST in a Day

We did it!

On Saturday, September 9, the exact 40th birthday of the MST, more than 1700 people working together completed 100% of the MST hiking route, from Clingmans Dome on the Tennessee line to Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the coast. (Three legs of the paddle route – all on the Neuse – were not completed due to paddlers being called away to prepare for Hurricane Irma.)

Thanks to everyone who hiked and paddled and to those who have shared stories and photos from the day.


MST in a Day Segment 10: The Commish

Back in the mid-1990s, Sig Hutchinson got a new mountain bike. He lived along Falls Lake and knew there were some good trails in the area. What he soon discovered was that they were hiking-only trails — the MST. So

MST in a Day Segment 9: “Rich with history” (and surprises)

“This is a fantastic segment rich with history,” exclaimed John Cates, whose day with Jennifer Cates included a walk through Hillsborough. Does this history include this trailside house, which appears to date back to mastodon times? Actually, that stick house

MST in a Day Segment 8: Inspiration?

Hiking seven and a half miles along the south shore of Greensboro’s watershed lakes, it wasn’t surprising that Connie Wagner-McLaughlin and her daughter, Meghan McLaughlin, encountered a few people. But was it kismet who they encountered? “We met an awesome

MST in a Day Segment 7: Hanging with family

For Melissa, Nate, Justin and Abigail Lee, MST in a Day was a chance for a family outing — and to savor the rewards of a challenging 5.5-mile hike through Hanging Rock State Park. “Great Day on the trail,” noted

MST in a Day Segment 6: Making friends

For Beth Tornek Schulman, September 9 was about more than just nature. “My favorite part of today was making friends with fellow hikers Joel, Bob and Laura! They told wonderful stories and were a wealth of hiking information! Other than

MST in a Day Segment 5: A day for fairies

Bruce and Helen Dibenedetto, along with Baby, Mr. Stubbs and Andy (the trio below) enjoyed a “beautiful cool, sunny day” on the MST’s 40th Anniversary. “Noticed many varieties of mushrooms on the trail, orange ones, brown, yellow and white, some

MST in a Day Segment 4: The Day in the gorge

Shane Chalke, David Brooks, Mark Solomon and Jamie Solomon hiked a gorge-ous 11 miles on September 9, a “stout” 11 miles, as Shane declared it. Starting at Table Rock on the east rim of Linville Gorge, they had “wonderful views

MST in a Day Segment 2: A trail with rich veins

In mining, you have the mother lode and then the rewarding veins that snake from it. Such is the case with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. For much of its 1,175-mile journey, the trail both piggybacks and interacts with a variety of


Segment 1A

Seg1A-Lg-Gay Rose-Met Another Group Hiking in Other Direction

Segment 1B

Seg1B-Lg-J K Coward-Friends Hiking Together

Segment 2

Seg2-Lg10-Mary Stewart-Wonders of Nature

Segment 3

Seg3-Lg14-Fred Lemmens-Top of the Mountain

Segment 4

Seg4-Lg6-Mark Rostan-Table Rock Summit

Segment 5

Seg5-Lg18-20-Kevin Stainback-Segment 5 Leg 18-20 Kevin

Segment 6

Seg6-LgP2-Rick Chatham-Doing the Dog Paddle

Segment 7

Seg7-Lg8-Melissa Lee-Exploring on the Trail

Segment 8

Seg8-Lg15-Steve Harrison-Osprey Trail

Segment 9

Seg9-Lg15-Nancy Plemmons-Happy Trails Happy Trails

Segment 10

Seg10-Lg17-Michael Stone-Hiking Companion

Segment 11A-16A

Seg11A-16A-Lg7-Mark Parrish-Kayaks Stay in Line on Neuse

Segment 11B

Seg11B-Lg7-Sharon Sasser-Along the Way and the Finish

Segment 12B

Seg12B-Lg2-Shelley Bainter-Bentonville Battlefield

Segment 13B

Seg13B-Lg5-Tom Earnhardt-Golden Orb Weaver at Jones Lake State Park

Segment 14B

Seg14B-Lg13-Dana Larkin-A Quick Section for the Win

Segment 15B

Seg15B-Lg19-Martin Thompson-At Start

Segment 16B

Seg16B-Lg5-Chris Grams-Chris Deep in the Forest

Segment 17

Seg17-Lg1-Beverly H-Boardwalk on the Pinecliff MST Trail

Segment 18

Seg18-Lg15-16-Patti Keith-Keith Family
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