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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

Oct
21
Sat
all-day Asheville Area Trail Workday
Asheville Area Trail Workday
Oct 21 all-day
Asheville Area Trail Workday
We will be working in the Craggy Picnic Area, relocating a short section of trail and correcting some trail creep. Meet in the lower parking lot of the Folk Art Center at 8:30. Please arrive by 8:20 to get organized. Our second meeting place will be the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area at 9:00. We will return by[...]
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park
Oct 21 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work on the Cox Mountain trail reroute. We will trim, cut logs, and dig the trail tread. Meet at the Fews Ford area parking lot at 6101 Cole Mill Road. Wear solid shoes or boots, work clothes and bring lunch, water and work gloves. We will supply the tools. To attend this workday and/or to[...]
Oct
26
Thu
6:00 pm Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Brooklyn Arts Center
Adventures on the MST: An Evenin... @ Brooklyn Arts Center
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Adventures on the MST: An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis @ Brooklyn Arts Center | Wilmington | 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[...]
Nov
11
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Pleasant Green Road
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Pleasant Green Road
Nov 11 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Pleasant Green Road | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will repair trail on the Eno River trail from Pleasant Green Road to the Quarry trail. To attend this workday and/or to be added to the Eno River workday notification email list, please contact FMST Task Force Leader Fred Dietrich at fred.dietrich@duke.edu.
all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Nov 11 all-day
Upper Haw River Trail Workday @ Meeting place TBD
Will be working to maintain the HRT and MST. Meet at 9am at the parking area in the Hospice Flea Market Shopping Center off US 70 in Haw River (1003 W. Main Street). Please RSVP by Monday 11/6/17. To attend this workday, or be added to the Upper Haw River workday notification message, please contact Greg Yahn[...]
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