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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

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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Upcoming Events

Feb
24
Sat
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
Feb 24 all-day
Eno River Section Trail Workday @ Few's Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
We will work the Fews Ford area. Details TBA. 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 Sustainable Trail Construction w... @ Rockingham Community College
Sustainable Trail Construction w... @ Rockingham Community College
Feb 24 all-day
Classroom teaching and experiential learning are combined to help students understand the various aspects of sustainable trails.  The class meets from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm.  Certificates and CEUs will be awarded to all participants.  You can register online under the RCC Continuing Education/Online Registration tabs on our website (search for the key word “trail”).  You may also call 336-342-4261 ext. 2107 to[...]
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
Feb 24 all-day
Upper Haw River Section Workday @ Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
We will maintain trails in the Greensboro watershed, primarily the Osprey Trail. Meet at 9am at the parking area behind the Chick-fil-A at 209 Pisgah Church Rd. Bring water, work gloves, snack and/or lunch. We have the tools, but if you have a favorite, bring it. Please RSVP so I can plan breakfast and the work to[...]
Mar
1
Thu
10:30 am Presentation – “Hiking the Blue ... @ Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center
Presentation – “Hiking the Blue ... @ Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center
Mar 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Presentation - "Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway and Beyond" @ Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center | Asheville | North Carolina | United States
Three speakers will talk on “Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway and Beyond”. Randy Fluharty, president of the Carolina Mountain Club, and Steve Metcalfe, board president of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, will discuss upcoming group hikes and their work maintaining the Parkway’s trails. A Parkway ranger will also discuss general hiking safety. Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center,[...]
Mar
10
Sat
all-day Sustainable Trail Maintenance @ Rockingham Community College
Sustainable Trail Maintenance @ Rockingham Community College
Mar 10 all-day
Classroom teaching and experiential learning are combined to help students understand the various aspects of sustainable trails.  The class meets from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm.  Certificates and CEUs will be awarded to all participants.  You can register online under the RCC Continuing Education/Online Registration tabs on our website (search for the key word “trail”).  You may also call 336-342-4261 ext. 2107 to[...]
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