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North Fork Reservoir | Photo © Jack Ollis

40th Anniversary MST In A Day

Help Hike 1,175 Miles in One Day

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Sign up Today!

Don’t miss this special opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of others across North Carolina to hike and paddle the entire 1,175 miles of the MST in one day.

MST in a Day commemorates a speech on September 9, 1977 by Howard Lee, then the NC Secretary of Natural Resources and Community Development. He told a National Trails Symposium in Waynesville that North Carolina should create a “state trail from the mountains to the coast, leading through communities as well as natural areas.”

That speech was the catalyst for the trail that now stretches through 36 counties from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, and we’re celebrating its 40th anniversary all across the state.

We’re asking people like you to sign up to complete a “leg” of the trail any time on September 9. Most legs are three to five miles, although some are longer in remote parts of the trail. You can hike your leg alone or with friends or family. When you’ve completed your leg, we ask that you e-mail or text the volunteer “Segment Leader” for your part of the trail to let him or her know that you have done your part. While you’re at it, send several photos of your hike or paddle so we can compile photos taken by everyone who participates into a video of the trail.

Use the map below to select a segment of the trail where you’d like to hike or paddle. Click on the segment number on the map, and it will take you to another webpage with more information about the legs in that segment. Information provided includes the length and difficulty of the leg and parking locations.

Yes! As long as there is space available, sign up for as many legs as you like. Just please don’t sign up for legs if you don’t plan to actually hike them.

Participation is free, but we welcome donations to support the trail. See the sidebar for more information.

You’ll register through the “Meetup” group we’ve created for each segment of the MST. Meetup is an online service that provides an easy way for you to sign up and for your volunteer Segment Leader to communicate with you about details of the day. When you’ve selected one or more legs that interest you, join Meetup (it’s a simple process), then join the group for the segment you’re interested in. Once you’ve done that, simply find your legs in the list of hikes and RSVP to sign up.

Since the goal is to have 100% of the trail covered in one day, we are limiting the number of people who can sign up for each leg. If that limit has already been met on the leg you were thinking of, please look for another one that is still open. The MST is full of miraculous, beautiful places, and this is a great opportunity to explore one that is new to you!

Look at the map below to select the MST Segment where you want to hike or paddle on September 9.

Select a Trail Segment to Hike or Paddle

MST Trail Map

Start exploring North Carolina – one step at a time.