North Fork Reservoir | Photo © Jack Ollis

40th Anniversary MST In A Day

We did it!

On Saturday, September 9, the exact 40th birthday of the MST, more than 1600 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 already shared stories and photos from the day.

Scroll down to see photos and maps and read more about this special day.

If you haven’t reported your completion or uploaded your photos yet, please do so below. And you have until Friday at midnight to order a shirt!

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We Did It!

We updated this map as people reported in after their hikes and paddles to show the completed legs in green. By 4 pm on Sunday, we had heard from at least one person who had signed up to hike or paddle each of the 300 legs. Every leg along the hiking route was completed, and only three legs on the Neuse paddle were not completed due to people being called away to prepare for Hurricane Irma. Thanks to the more than 1600 people who took part in this special day!


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 [...]

MST in a Day’s lonely legs

At least one person has signed up to hike each leg of the trail this Saturday as part of #MSTinaDay! Pretty darned exciting news. However, hikers on 55 of those legs could use some company. They are currently alone in their [...]

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