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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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The gift of the MST

Hiking the Mountains-to-Sea trail has been a gift. I am out here every day living a dream. I say that because hiking a 1,175-mile trail with two kids under the age of five who are [...]

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all-day Falls Lake Trail Workday @ 121 Sherron Road, Durham, NC
Falls Lake Trail Workday @ 121 Sherron Road, Durham, NC
Jul 14 all-day
Falls Lake Trail Workday @ 121 Sherron Road, Durham, NC
This is 1/2 day work to trim and cut back summer overgrowth and general trail maintenance. Bring plenty of water, bag lunch and work gloves. Tools will be provided. Meet at 8am at the Food Lion parking lot at the intersection of Patterson/Sherron and Hwy 98. Please RSVP to jbrewer104@gmail.com by July 11. To be added to[...]
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Jul 14 all-day
Upper Haw River Section Workday @ 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.
Aug
18
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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
29
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all-day Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ...
Upper Haw River Trail Workday – ...
Sep 29 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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