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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.

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Pender County and Surf City Selected to Host 2019 Annual Mountains-to-Sea Trail Conference

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail announced at the Pender County Commissioners meeting on Monday, May 7 that Surf City and Pender County will host its Gathering of Friends, March 22-24, 2019. The Gathering is the annual membership meeting and weekend of excursions for the Friends group that supports the 1175-mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The weekend will bring hundreds of visitors from across North Carolina to the area.

Upcoming Events

Aug
18
Sat
all-day Asheville Area Trail Workday
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Aug 18 all-day
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Details TBA. You will need to file a trail work agreement with CMC, the Forest Service and the Park Service if you haven’t already done so. This is a liability issue and must be completed. The form is at http://www.carolinamountainclub.org if you are a CMC member. Paper forms will be available at the work site for others.  
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Aug 18 all-day
Upper Haw River Section Workday
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
7
Fri
all-day MST 41st Birthday Hike
MST 41st Birthday Hike
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day
MST 41st Birthday Hike
Between Friday, September 7th and Sunday the 9th get out for a hike on the MST! Help us collectively accumulate a huge number of miles walking on the MST across North Carolina in celebration of this beautiful trail and those who hike and maintain it. Walk where you want anywhere on the 1175 miles (or paddle the Neuse or Yadkin sections),[...]
Sep
22
Sat
all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Sep 22 all-day
Falls Lake Trail Workday
Details TBA. To be added to the email notification list to receive Falls Lake workday announcements and details, email bbrown@mountainstoseatrail.org.
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ...
Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ...
Sep 22 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday - National Public Lands Day @ Gibsonville | North Carolina | United States
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.
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