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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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Upcoming Events

Apr
27
Fri
2:30 pm Trail Grand Opening at Guilford ... @ Guilford County Farm
Trail Grand Opening at Guilford ... @ Guilford County Farm
Apr 27 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Guilford County Parks and Recreation will hold a grand opening of the trail at the Guilford County Farm.
Apr
28
Sat
all-day Intermediate Trail Maintenance @ Rockingham Community College
Intermediate Trail Maintenance @ Rockingham Community College
Apr 28 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 Park Day Volunteer Event at Bent... @ Bentonville Battlefield
Park Day Volunteer Event at Bent... @ Bentonville Battlefield
Apr 28 all-day
Volunteers will aid in expansion of Bentonville’s Morris Farm trail. Hand tools such as loppers and rakes are encouraged. Meet at 9:00 am at the visitor center at 5466 Harper House Road.
May
5
Sat
all-day Eno River Section Annual Picnic @ Fews Ford area, Eno River State Park
Eno River Section Annual Picnic @ Fews Ford area, Eno River State Park
May 5 all-day
Eno River Section Annual Picnic @ Fews Ford area, Eno River State Park | Durham | North Carolina | United States
Our annual picnic will be at 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.
May
12
Sat
all-day Upper Haw River Section Workday
Upper Haw River Section Workday
May 12 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.
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