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
As she hikes across the state on the MST, Jennifer Pharr Davis files a weekly blog on her journey. The beauty in the piedmont section of the Mountains-to-Sea trail has exceeded my expectations. And the [...]
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Howard Lee’s speech proposing the MST, the many benefits it brings to the state, and our collective efforts to ensure the entire trail is hiked and paddled in [...]