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The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is North Carolina’s state hiking trail.

It stretches 1175 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, stopping at many of our state’s most beautiful places along the way.

What is the MST? The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is as diverse as North Carolina. Along the trail, you may see mountain vistas, rolling Piedmont farms, picture postcard colonial towns, weathered tobacco barns, old textile villages, country churches, rushing mountain streams, coastal swamps, hardwood and pine forests, lighthouses, sand dunes, miles of seashore, and friendly people. 680 miles of the route are on trail, and connecting backroads and an optional paddle route allow hikers to trek across the state.

What can the MST mean to you? It may mean a short walk with your family near your home.  It may mean a weekend backpacking trip with friends. Or it may mean a challenging, inspiring trek of 1175 miles across North Carolina.  However you experience the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the beauty of North Carolina will fill you with wonder and joy.

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the growing community of members and volunteers who support the trail, an official unit of the North Carolina State Park System. We work statewide building and maintaining trail, encouraging communities to create new sections of trail, and helping people hike it. You can get involved and help support the trail.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Hikes the MST

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Upcoming Events

Aug
29
Tue
6:00 pm Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Highland Brewing Company
Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Highland Brewing Company
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Adventures on the MST: An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis @ Highland Brewing Company | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
Join other trail enthusiasts to learn about and celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis. Jennifer, a world-renowned hiker, author, and speaker, hiked the Appalachian Trail in 46 days in 2011. From August to November 2017, she will be hiking all 1175 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST), from the Great Smokies to the[...]
Sep
9
Sat
all-day MST in a Day @ Statewide on MST
MST in a Day @ Statewide on MST
Sep 9 all-day
MST in a Day @ Statewide on MST
Forty years to the day that Howard Lee gave his original speech suggesting the creation of the MST, hundreds of trail enthusiasts will each walk or paddle a portion of the trail so that, through our collective efforts, 100% of the trail will be covered in a single day.  Registration to participate by walking one or more[...]
Sep
16
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Sep 16 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Details TBA To attend this workday, or be added to the Upper Haw River workday notification message, please contact Greg Yahn at gregyahn99@gmail.com.
Sep
21
Thu
6:00 pm Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Brooklyn Arts Center
Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Brooklyn Arts Center
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join other trail enthusiasts to learn about and celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis. Jennifer, a world-renowned hiker, author, and speaker, hiked the Appalachian Trail in 46 days in 2011. From August to November 2017, she will be hiking all 1175 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST), from the Great Smokies to the[...]
6:00 pm Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Adventures on the MST: An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis @ Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) | Winston-Salem | North Carolina | United States
Join other trail enthusiasts to learn about and celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea Trail with National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Jennifer Pharr Davis. Jennifer, a world-renowned hiker, author, and speaker, hiked the Appalachian Trail in 46 days in 2011. From August to November 2017, she will be hiking all 1175 miles of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST), from the Great Smokies to the[...]
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